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Myanmar Crisis

Two-month boycott of Myanmar mall after harsh protest response

Consumers band together because of violent excesses of security guards

Myanmar Plaza, a major shopping mall in Yangon, remains virtually deserted after a violent security crackdown on protesters in late November led to a boycott.

BANGKOK -- A major Yangon shopping mall that shoppers boycotted in late November after security guards violently subdued citizens protesting the military's seizure of power nearly a year ago now finds itself caught between the public and a dictatorial regime. 

The four-story emporium's soaring atrium is decorated for Chinese New Year with red paper lanterns, but few shoppers are about.

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