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Why Myanmar's generals turned back to a dark past

Strong international backlash and domestic resistance appear inevitable

| Myanmar
Armored vehicles drive past a street in Mandalay on Feb. 2: the Tatmadaw is ready to give up diplomatic, trade and investment gains for the sake of domestic control.   © Reuters

Romain Caillaud is the principal of Tokyo-based advisory company SIPA Partners and an associate fellow in the Myanmar Studies Program at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore. Moe Thuzar is co-ordinator of the Myanmar Studies Program at ISEAS.

Myanmar awoke on Monday to the news that State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and other key political figures and civil society leaders had been arrested by the army, known as the Tatmadaw.

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