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[COMMENTARY] Somebody has to be the good cop in dealing with Myanmar

  • Endy Bayuni

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, March 8, 2021   /  01:36 am
[COMMENTARY] Somebody has to be the good cop in dealing with Myanmar A military supporter points a sharp object as he confronts pro-democracy protesters during a military support rally in Yangon, Myanmar, on Feb. 25. (Reuters/-)

The world is watching helplessly as the human tragedy unfolds in Myanmar since the Feb. 1 military takeover. More than 50 people have died since then as soldiers use their full force to put down the daily peaceful protests on the streets of Yangon. Politicians, activists and journalists have been arrested to muzzle opposition and critical voices against the military generals who annulled the results of the November democratic elections, won overwhelmingly by the National League for Democracy (NLD). Can anyone outside Myanmar really put a stop to this killing and reverse the course? What can its immediate neighbors in ASEAN do? An emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Friday failed to come up with a strong statement against the Myanmar military, as big powers with veto rights argued over whether to intervene and how. The massive international condemnations a...