India, March 1 -- The first month of the coup in Myanmar ended in a bloody disaster as security forces executed a violent crackdown on peaceful protesters. On February 28, at least 25 people were killed and many more injured in various towns. This is certain to harden positions on all sides - the anti-coup movement, their external supporters, and the Tatmadaw (military) that is signalling its steely resolve.

On February 1, Myanmar's generals suddenly suspended the country's experiment with partial democracy, taking full charge of the reins of government and arresting President Win Myint and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. An illegal and unconstitutional action, it put the military in direct confrontation with pro-democracy forces. The...