Thailand said on Saturday that the chairman of the Myanmar military government, Min Aung Lein, will attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Indonesia on April 24. This is his first foreign visit since he took office on February 1.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since Min Aung Hlaing removed the democratically elected government led by democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi. According to a militant group, security forces killed 728 people in an attempt to suppress the protests.
Myanmar’s neighboring countries have been trying to encourage the military government to engage in dialogue with the deposed government, but the military has little willingness to participate.
Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Thani Sanggrat said that several of the leaders of the ten ASEAN countries, including Min Aung Hlaing, confirmed that they will attend the meeting in Jakarta.
The military government spokesperson did not answer a call for comment.
Pro-democracy politicians including deposed members of Congress announced on Friday the formation of the National Unity Government (NUG), which includes Suu Kyi and anti-coup protesters and minority leaders.
NUG called for international recognition as a legal institution and asked him to be invited to the ASEAN meeting held in Min Aung Hlaing. Could not comment on this immediately.
New Year’s Amnesty
The Department of Prisons said that in the context of the New Year’s amnesty, the military government released 23,184 prisoners from prisons across the country on Saturday, although it is believed that few or even very few democratic activists have been arrested since the coup.
Saturday is the first day of the Myanmar New Year and the last day of the five-day holiday, usually featuring visits to Buddhist temples and littering and gatherings in the streets.
According to statistics from the Association for the Assistance of Political Prisoners (AAPP), Suu Kyi was one of the 3,141 people arrested in connection with the coup.
Kyaw Tun Oo, a spokesperson for the Prisons Department, said on the phone: “Most of these (released) detainees were before February 1, but some were subsequently imprisoned.” He said he was not imprisoned for the crime detail.
State television said that 137 foreigners of these released will be deported. It did not give details.
AAPP said the military involved in the protests continued to search for 832 people.
Among them are more than 200 people, including several actors, singers and Internet celebrities, who opposed the coup d’etat and were accused of being responsible for encouraging dissidents, and could be sentenced to three years in prison.
State media announced the names of 40 other wanted criminals on Saturday, including 20 doctors.
Movie couple host
The Irrawaddy News website said that film director Christina Kyi and her husband actor Zenn Kyi were detained at Yangon Airport for trying to fly to Bangkok, although they were later called Has been released.
NUG Vice President Duwa Lashi La (Duwa Lashi La), a lawyer in Kachin State, said in his New Year message that the road to replacing military rule with democracy is very difficult.
He said: “We pledge to continue working with all nations to overthrow the military dictatorship and establish a new federal democracy.”
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets and posted banners supporting Nug on the streets of several towns, including Mogok.
According to media reports, at least three explosions occurred in Yangon, injuring many people. There is no liability for claims.
The military accused the protesters of carrying out bomb attacks.
The coup also triggered clashes between northern and eastern armies and ethnic minority rebel groups.
According to Mizzima news agency, on Saturday, Kachin Independence Army fighters attacked an air base in the north with rockets. One of the rockets hit a nearby village and injured one person.
Although the Election Commission rejected the objection, the military defended its coup by arguing that the results of the November election were fraudulent.
Suu Kyi faces various charges, including violations of official secrets laws, which could lead her to 14 years in prison. Her lawyer rejected the allegations.
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