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Actions by Myanmar's junta show its resolve to cement grip on country

Military regards Asean leaders' pleas for restraint and dialogue as suggestions

Protesters during an anti-coup march in Mandalay, Myanmar, yesterday. An analyst has played down the prospect of a large-scale urban insurgency in the country, however.
Protesters during an anti-coup march in Mandalay, Myanmar, yesterday. An analyst has played down the prospect of a large-scale urban insurgency in the country, however. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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The signs in Myanmar are bleak more than two weeks after Asean declared a five-point consensus on what must happen in this turbulent member state.

Since the agreement on April 24 that violence must cease, Myanmar's military regime has killed 33 people and arrested 454 more. A poet detained for interrogation over the weekend turned up dead - with his internal organs removed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 12, 2021, with the headline Actions by Myanmar's junta show its resolve to cement grip on country. Subscribe