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By one count, over 700 citizens have been killed in Myanmar since the Feb. 1 coup. But the international community remains paralyzed, even as the cycle of protests and bloody crackdowns continues.   © Photo by Getty Images
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Failed state: Myanmar collapses into chaos

A divided international response, a fractured country and a murderous regime

DOMINIC FAULDER, GWEN ROBINSON and MARWAAN MACAN-MARKAR, Nikkei staff writers | Myanmar

BANGKOK/YANGON -- At 5 a.m. on Friday, April 9, in Bago, one of Myanmar's ancient capitals, heavily armed troops mounted an assault on demonstrators barricaded in along Ma Ga Dit and San Taw Din roads on the east side of town.

The shooting finally paused around 10 p.m. with at least 83 people dead, said local news organization Myanmar Now. Troops had reportedly dragged 57 bodies into the Zeyar Muni pagoda compound and a school, ignoring exhortations from monks to provide medical attention to the wounded. Some, seriously wounded but still alive, could be heard moaning among the corpses.

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