Burma A Regime on the Ropes

The government stalls for time, but the threat of anarchy grows

As Burma entered its third consecutive week of explosive protest, the revolt seemed on the verge of achieving its aim. Antigovernment forces thronged the streets day after day last week, giddy with the scent of victory down the road. By midweek the protests had reached an almost shattering pitch as 1 million or more people demonstrated in Rangoon. Newly appointed President Maung Maung was stalling for time, but his government was forced into full retreat. Anarchy suddenly appeared as menacing a possibility as a power grab by the military.

By week's end a strike had all but shut down the country....

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