As junta falters, Myanmar’s communists look to make a comeback

Three decades after its collapse, the Communist Party of Burma is once again part of the struggle against military oppression

When La Yaung, 22, joined anti-coup protests in early 2021, he never imagined that it would lead to him becoming a member of Myanmar’s newly revived communist army.

At the time, he was working in Mandalay as a distribution agent for Myanmar Beer, a product manufactured by a military-owned conglomerate. But after witnessing the junta’s brutal assault on his fellow protesters, he decided to join the armed resistance movement.

With the help of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions, he made his way to Laiza, a town on Kachin State’s border with China where the headquarters of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) is located. But the military training he received did not come from the KIA—it was provided by the People's Liberation Army (PLA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of Burma (CPB), whose members were a mix of workers, farmers. . .

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