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Jakarta Post

To save Myanmar’s people, ASEAN should act now

This handout photo from Kawkareik Open News taken on April 8 and released to AFP on April 9 shows protesters pouring petrol on the Myanmar flag to burn with copies of 2008 constitution during a demonstration against the military coup in Kawkareik township in Myanmar's Karen state.(Handout/KAWKAREIK OPEN NEWSAFP)
Rizal Sukma (The Jakarta Post)
Jakarta   ●   Mon, April 12 2021

It has been more than a month since ASEAN foreign ministers met virtually to discuss the crisis in Myanmar on March 2. At the meeting, the ministers “called on all parties to refrain from instigating further violence”.

This sort of statement has had no effect on the Tatmadaw, the Myanmar’s armed forces. The killing has continued.

On March 19, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called for a special ASEAN summit. A week later, on Myanmar’s Armed Forces Day on March 27, the Tatmadaw killed more than 100 protesters. On Friday, more than 80 people were killed.

By Sunday, at least 700 lives had been lost in the wake of the Feb. 1 military coup, and thousands had been arrested.

Pressure has mounted on ASEAN to move faster and find a solution to the Myanmar conundrum. Indonesia’s request for ASEAN to convene a speci...

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