Myanmar’s democrats continue to struggle to be heard. After a series of protests around the country, the military junta has deployed street toughs to rough up anyone who dares take to the streets to demonstrate. The military’s over-reaction indicates how brittle its rule is, how fearful it is of any sign of popular unrest, and the junta’s lack of legitimacy.

Increases in fuel prices set off near daily protests in mid-August. While it is difficult to get accurate information about events within the country, exile groups report that several hundred people have participated in marches throughout the country. Buddhist monks are said to have joined some of the protests. While bystanders are reported to have cheered the marchers, they have not joined in.

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