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Australian couple detained in Myanmar as they tried to flee the country

Tanutam Thawan



As violence continues after the Myanmar coup with the death toll now past 200, an Australian couple was detained as they were trying to leave the country on a relief flight, according to Agence France-Presse. They are now believed to be on house arrest.

Reports say Matthew O’Kane and Christa Avery ran a consultancy business in Yangon, the country’s largest city and the area where the military’s crackdown on anti-coup protesters has turned deadly. Marital law has been declared in some townships in Yangon.

Little has been reported about Matthew and Christa. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said they are providing assistance, but no other information has been reported. Christa is also a Canadian citizen and Canada’s global affairs department said they are “providing consular services,” according to a report by the Australian Associated Press and Agence France-Presse.

Another Australian citizen in Myanmar was detained last month. Sean Turnell was an economic adviser to Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. The state counsellor along with other civilian politicians were detained by the military in last month’s coup. The military have said the government takeover was in response to a fraudulent election, although reports say Aung San had won the election in a landslide.

SOURCE: Guardian


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    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    Stocking up on pawns / hostages.

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    Roger Bruce

    Monday, March 22, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    Well now Australia and Canada have a chance to do something about this scum
    But will they be as weak as normal or show some guts
    Send in troops and get your people out USA would not hesitate
    Time will tell I guess they will try buy them back rather that show force
    Force is what is needed or this will only get worse as bullies get more confident and more power
    Not impressed about Thai military supplying rice to these scum…shows they are tared with the same stinking brush
    Good luck Thailand

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 12:09 am

    “USA would not hesitate”

    Really? Where was that, Roger B?

    Successfully, that is …..

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    David Mann

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    Better to try and fail than to negotiate with terrorists. I’m sure Issan John will have no comprehension of just how difficult it is to covertly enter a country with sufficient manpower and hardware, accurately locate hostage possibly being held in various locations, overcome the people holding them while maintaining the safety of the hostages. Liberating them and then leaving the country without major casualties. The alternative is wholesale war such as Iraq which destroys a whole country and its infrastructure. Easy to sit in your hammock sipping your third large Chang and having a pop.

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    J West

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 9:36 am

    They call themselves consultants….OK….but why were these two picked as opposed to all the other expats who have left and we’re leaving on the same transport? We’re they perhaps “ organizers”? Were they perhaps “ facilitators organizing logistics for the so called demonstrators”? Find out who they were and what they were doing before allowing media to paint them as victims. It may turn out that ‘ agents provocateurs’ from many various NGO like stations were busy setting fires and police were right to detain them.

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