Global aid donors such as the United Nations and the European Union appear to believe that it is business as usual in a Myanmar under military rule.
Observers say the new police law exposes the military’s lack of manpower amid mounting casualties and defections.
Yangon and Mandalay residents are grappling with a rapid rise in robberies and muggings prompted by the post-coup economic downturn and surging food prices.
Thousands of police are on strike and a lack of new recruits means many police departments are understaffed.
Win Min Thein was Yangon Airport security chief when U Ko Ni was assassinated. He is not only a member of the coup leader’s inner circle, but classmate of the culprits.