World Protest in Yangon ahead of regional summit on Myanmar crisis
Why the Biden administration and their allies have been unable to stop the violence in Myanmar
The US policy on the Myanmar military's crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy demonstrators has been bipartisan -- but that hasn't helped stop the conflict in the Southeast Asian nation. At a time of rare bipartisan action, the Biden administration's position on Myanmar's violence won praise from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. © Stringer/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock "Their instincts are good," the Kentucky Republican told Politico on Monday, after Biden reportedly consulted with the minority leader on the situation in Myanmar, which CNN has covered on the ground.
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Protesters against Myanmar’s military coup returned Friday to the streets of downtown Yangon, defiantly chanting their opposition to the army’s seizure of power as the junta chief prepared to attend a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders on the country’s crisis.
Such open demonstrations in the center of Myanmar’s largest city all but stopped weeks ago, as the deadly crackdown on dissent by the security forces made it too dangerous. Yangon is where the first major demonstrations were held against the February coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
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The international community is putting its hopes on a meeting between Southeast Asian leaders this weekend to reach a breakthrough on stopping the violence in Myanmar, as the country's ruling military junta continues its brutal and bloody suppression of civilian opposition. © Jepayona Delita/Jefta Images/Barcroft Media/Getty Images Indonesian bikers during a protest against the Myanmar military coup outside ASEAN secretariat building in Jakarta, Indonesia, on April 17.
The protests launched a nationwide Civil Disobedience Movement that even the use of lethal force has failed to cow. Daily crackdowns by police and soldiers have killed more than 700 protesters and bystanders nationwide, according to several independent tallies.
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About 150 protesters marched down the wide boulevards of Yangon's Pabedan neighborhood with their hands raised in the three-fingered salute adopted by the opponents of military rule.
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“Let’s roar till the whole city can hear out voices!” the group’s leader shouted.
They quickly scattered when police vehicles appeared nearby.
Leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations will discuss the Myanmar crisis on Saturday in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, with coup leader Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing set to attend in person.
The invitation to the junta chief has angered the coup’s opponents, including a parallel National Unity Government created by ousted elected lawmakers, who argue his attendance legitimizes his power grab. The NUG was not invited to take part.
Myanmar people slam ASEAN-junta consensus to end violence, but no immediate protests
Myanmar people slam ASEAN-junta consensus to end violence, but no immediate protestsThere were no immediate protests in Myanmar's big cities a day after the meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing in Jakarta, Indonesia, that agreed to end the violence but gave no roadmap on how this would happen.
The ASEAN leaders may seek to stop the security forces’ violent suppression of the protests. They may also suggest an ASEAN-led humanitarian mission and a roadmap to dialogue between Myanmar's military rulers and their opponents.
There were other protests around Myanmar on Friday, including in Launglone township in southern Myanmar, where demonstrators came out in force to show their support for the National Unity Government.
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Candle-lit vigils and flash protests continue overnight as security forces have reportedly detained more civilians.The country has been in turmoil since the military deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, bringing an abrupt end to Myanmar’s short-lived experiment with democracy.