Myanmar may have its first democratically elected government under Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, but the military continues to pull the strings and journalists, poets and critics of the regime are still being put behind bars.
Monday marks 71 years since Myanmar - then called Burma - signed an agreement with the British government, releasing it from colonial rule.
So began decades of civil war as the military tried to enforce its control over the ethnically diverse nation.
Aung San Suu Kyi's release from 15 years of house arrest in 2010 and her subsequent election victory in 2015 promised much.
However, even now, under a democratically elected government, it's the military that's dictating the course of national politics.