/ 06 April 2021

Aussie couple released from house arrest in Myanmar

Business consultants Christa Avery and Matthew O’Kane were pulled off a flight as they attempted to hightail it out of Myanmar last month and placed under house arrest. Yesterday, Avery said she and her husband were “incredibly relieved” to have been freed. “Even though I knew that I had done nothing wrong, it was very stressful,” she said. They were working in the agriculture sector and are friends of Professor Sean Turnell, the Aussie economic adviser to ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Turnell remains in prison, and there are concerns for his wellbeing. Pro-democracy protests continued over the weekend despite the military’s attempt to control rallies by shutting down wireless broadband and mobile data services. Six people were killed by authorities in ongoing clashes with demonstrators.

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