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‘University of Life’ beckons as 11,100 academics are suspended in Myanmar

Varsities have reopened and turned into a new battleground for clashes between the army and the staff and students

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More than 11,100 academics and other university staff opposed to Myanmar’s ruling junta have been suspended after going on strike in protest against military rule, a teachers’ group said.

The suspensions come as the resumption of universities, closed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, prompts a new confrontation between the army and the staff and students who are calling for boycotts over the February 1 coup.

“I feel upset to give up a job that I adored so much, but I feel proud to stand against injustice,” said one 37-year-old university lecturer, who gave her name only as Thandar for fear of reprisals...

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