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By Monique Skidmore, Trevor Wilson

Mass peaceable protests in Myanmar/Burma in 2007 drew the world's cognizance to the continued difficulties confronted through this kingdom and its oppressed humans. during this ebook, specialists from world wide examine the explanations for those contemporary political upheavals, clarify how the country's economic system, schooling and overall healthiness sectors are in perceptible decline, and determine the underlying authoritarian pressures that characterise Myanmar/Burma's army regime.

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1 He first placed the country directly under military rule (the Revolutionary Council, 1962–74), but the country later came under his personal rule. He oversaw the indoctrination of military officers through the use of military curriculums that asserted that only military might could ultimately save the ethnically diverse country from disintegration and disunity. At the same time, he enforced unity in the military and was quick to remove anyone he perceived as having an opinion different from his own.

The pre-dawn raids of the monasteries and serious shooting began on 27 September. The level of force used in Mandalay (under the Central Regional Command), unlike in Yangon, was modest. In Mandalay, a curfew was also imposed on 25 September, but almost no monasteries were raided during the nights of 26 and 27 September. Also, there was no significant shooting (mostly warning shots above people’s heads) or beating of demonstrators on the streets. According to an eyewitness, on 26 September, soldiers in Mandalay paid their respects to the monks by worshipping them and requesting them to disperse, rather than beating or shooting at them (Gray 2007).

This analysis does not give grounds for much optimism. To conclude, then: is a return to the status quo ante inconceivable, and what would be the prospects of the regime achieving it? If by the status quo ante we mean the regime’s political program—the seven-step road-map and a changing of the guard at the top—the above considerations suggest that it is anything but inconceivable. The regime is certainly trying hard to give the impression that it is strong and united and will be able to achieve its aims.

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