Myanmar Junta’s Crackdown Appears Successful in Quashing Protests

Myanmar Junta’s Crackdown Appears Successful in Quashing Protests

CHIANG MAI, Thailand -- After a week of mass protests against Myanmar's military regime, the scale of which had not been seen in two decades, the uprising has been effectively crushed by the country's armed forces.

Sunday saw the numbers of demonstrators on the streets of Yangon plummet from an estimated 100,000 earlier in the week to several dozen, while sources on the ground confirm that today (Monday) streets in the former capitol remain vacant. While protests inside the country have been effectively extinguished by security forces, demonstrations continue outside Myanmar's embassies in capitols around the world.

Meanwhile, United Nations Special Envoy to Myanmar Ibrahim Gambari over the weekend met with high-ranking government officials as well as democracy dissident Aung San Suu Kyi in the troubled Southeast Asian nation. Regional analysts speaking with World Politics Review expressed grave doubts that talks will yield any real results.

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