Myanmar’s Junta Stumbles as It Tries to Follow Thailand’s Playbook

Myanmar’s Junta Stumbles as It Tries to Follow Thailand’s Playbook
Police charge forward to disperse protesters in Mandalay, Myanmar, Feb. 20, 2021 (AP Photos).

Since seizing power in a coup in early February, Myanmar’s military, known as the Tatmadaw, has increasingly cracked down on civil society and the political opposition. In recent weeks, it has shuttered most independent media outlets; arrested many members of the former ruling party, the National League for Democracy, or NLD; declared martial law in parts of the country; and unleashed security forces on pro-democracy demonstrators. By one estimate, at least 200 people have been killed since protests began against the coup last month, and thousands of people have been detained. The real number of deaths is probably much higher, […]

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