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Young, creative and angry: Myanmar's youth pushes back

Artists and writers take on military through social media, art and street protests

Examples of protest art made available by the organization Art for Freedom (Myanmar). The group operates a website and Facebook page where people can download artwork for free to use in protests against the coup. (Courtesy of Art for Freedom (Myanmar))

In the two weeks since she woke up to Myanmar's "nightmare" military coup on Feb. 1, Winnie Thaw has unwittingly taken on a huge and unpaid job -- sifting through an avalanche of news to help people figure out what is real and what is fake in her country.

"I sleep late because the Tatmadaw (Myanmar's armed forces) does things at night. But then I'll wake up at, like, 6 a.m. and freak out, 'What have I missed?'" said the 25-year-old, who works in the development sector.

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