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Naypyidaw: Burma’s secret new capital

Posted on: September 15, 2008

Naypyidaw: Burma’s secret new capital

Photographer: Anuj Chopra
Description: Police department.These pictures were surreptitiously clicked, riding pillion on a motor-bike, touring Naypyidaw posing as a tourist. The Burmese junta is spending billions building it in the middle of a malaria-infested jungle, 250 miles north of Rangoon. In this country with a bankrupt economy, its considered an “epic waste”. Two local Burmese reporters are currently serving time for clicking pictures inside the new capital a few months ago.

The military junta of the restive country is preparing a new capital, Nay Pyi Taw, in an effort to shore up even more power against its critics.

ISN Security Watch: Burma: A new capital rises from the jungle

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