As Myanmar marked three months since the coup on Saturday, many people at home and abroad fear the country is now on the verge of becoming a failed state. The country’s economy is on the brink of collapse. Banks face the constant prospect of a run on deposits as concerns over the country’s stability grow, even in the urban centers. Since the coup, international aid has been suspended, and foreign investors have taken the last train out of town. The UN has warned that half of the country’s more than 54 million people could face poverty next year. Last week, the first prize in the national lottery—normally 1.5 billion kyats (about US$963,000)—was reduced to one third of that amount as people boycott payments of any kind to the government, including paying taxes and buying government lottery tickets.
As of Tuesday, 93 days after the takeover, the old soldier’s achievements can be summarized as follows: a) killing 766 citizens who opposed his rule; and b) arbitrarily arresting some 4,874 people, according to AAPP Myanmar, an independent group monitoring arrests and killings by the junta.