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The wild card that will make or break Myanmar's coup

Country's ethnic minorities will decide which way this goes

| Myanmar
Teachers protest against the military coup on the street of Mandalay on Feb. 28: the junta believes it can ride these protests out.   © Sipa/AP

Philipp Annawitt served as an advisor to Myanmar's parliaments and government from 2015 to 2021.

Since Feb. 1 coup, in which Myanmar's senior generals toppled and arrested the leadership of the country's civilian National League for Democracy government, a civil disobedience movement erupted in response. Growing steadily, it has brought hundreds of thousands of people to the streets on a daily basis.

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