/ 26 April 2021

Myanmar military in crosshairs

We’ve been to some awkward gatherings in our time, including one where a love triangle involving a newlywed couple and the groom’s best man was exposed. But the weekend’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting must have been next level… Hosted by Indonesia and held in Jakarta, the meeting saw Myanmar’s military leader General Min Aung Hlaing bowl up. He was told by leaders and foreign ministers from the 9 other member states that his regime must stop killing protesters and release all political prisoners, including democratically-elected civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. A plan to address the situation was also agreed. Singapore’s PM Lee Hsien Loong said the General “said he heard us”. Time will tell… Summit organisers have been widely criticised for hosting the man who headed efforts to overthrow Myanmar’s government on 1 February and violent crackdowns that have seen more than 700 demonstrators die across the country. Foreign Minister Marise Payne joined calls condemning the actions of Myanmar’s military and committed $5 million to ASEAN’s humanitarian efforts there. #SquizShortcuts

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