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Jakarta Post

Myanmar’s bloody coup leader is in town now

Myanmar’s bloody coup leader is in town now This handout photo taken and released by Dawei Watch on April 23, 2021 shows protesters holding signs calling for the arrest of Myanmar armed forces chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing during a demonstration against the military coup in Dawei. (AFP/Handout)
Kornelius Purba
Jakarta   ●   Sat, April 24, 2021

Ladies and gentlemen from all ASEAN member nations!

Leaders of ASEAN who gather in Jakarta today!

Today, ASEAN will hold an emergency meeting to find a solution to the crisis in Myanmar. As neighbors we cannot just remain silent as we watch the military’s ruthless killing and imprisonment of Myanmar people. Unfortunately, the people and Aung San Suu Kyi’s toppled government apparently have little trust in ASEAN.

As a reminder, you cannot just hide behind the “non-interference” principle as an excuse for your failure to respond to your colleagues who expressed their dismay over the bloody oppression of Myanmar people.

As the host of the summit, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo from the very beginning needs to frankly tell Myanmar’s junta leader Min Aung Hlaing the military’s actions breach the fundame...

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