WASHINGTON – The Feb 1 military coup in Myanmar has plunged the peace process with armed ethnic groups, which was not making much progress anyway, into further uncertainty.
Meanwhile the army – the Tatmadaw – is hoping the widespread protests it is facing will lose momentum in a month, so that it does not have to intervene directly to suppress them; currently it is the police who have been trying to quell the civil disobedience movement (CDM) which has spread even through the bureaucracy and the private sector.
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