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Myanmar junta leader to attend ASEAN summit, activists appalled

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Myanmar’s junta or military leader, Min Aung Hlaing, is expected to attend an ASEAN summit in Jakarta where representatives of the bloc are expected to discuss Myanmar’s situation. Thailand’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Tanee Sangrat, made the announcement.

“I can confirm that the Brunei Chair has proposed the date April 24 with the venue at the Secretariat in Jakarta. Several leaders have confirmed their attendance including Myanmar’s MAH [Senior General Min Aung Hlaing]. Some leaders have yet to confirm.”

The military has consistently justified the putsch by alleging widespread fraud in November’s elections, which Suu Kyi’s party won in a landslide.

The country’s New Year started yesterday, but it was a somber scene as activists traded celebrations for more protests. According to an AFP-verified video filmed by a resident, the New Year holiday saw soldiers crouched on a street as their commanding officer shouted that he wanted “deaths.” A rescue worker told AFP at least 1 person had died.

“He was shot in the stomach.”

The junta has also issued nightly arrest warrants on state-run media, targetting celebrities, influencers, journalists and prominent activists with large social media followings. Doctors refusing to work under the regime — leaving hospitals unstaffed in a pandemic — have also drawn the wrath of the junta. By last night, the arrest warrants totalled 420.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Roger Bruce

    Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    His attendance will only e online I am sure
    If he was to go to Jakarta he would be arrested for war crimes
    I bet this is only online as Indonesia has condemned this junta as criminals
    I would love him to go really see if the rest of the world had the balls to lock this scum up and hang him for war crimes
    We will see and keep wishing
    Good Luck Burma

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    Stardust

    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 8:25 am

    Like for every mass murderer it is time for an international arrest warrant. Interpol should be ready when he arrives in Indonesia!

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