Myanmar military ruler to attend ASEAN summit in 1st foreign trip | Sangbad Pratidin

Published by: Monishankar Choudhury | Posted: April 19, 2021 11:04 am | Updated: April 19, 2021 11:04 am News Daily Digital Desk: Myanmar has been in a frenzy since the military coup. At least 800 civilians have been killed so far in security forces firing on protesters. As a result, the country’s military rulers have faced a lot of criticism in the international arena. In such a situation, Min Aung Hlaing, the head of Myanmar’s army and top leader of the junta, is going to attend the ASEAN summit on Southeast Asian countries to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia next week.

[আরও পড়ুন: ফের বন্দুকবাজের হামলায় রক্তাক্ত মার্কিন মুলুক, টেক্সাসে মৃত অন্তত ৩]

In a coup last February, the Tatmadao or Burmese army took control of Myanmar. Top officials of the elected government, including Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi, were detained. Since then, protests have started across the country. Thousands of people have taken to the streets calling for the return of democracy. The army has started a counter operation. So far, about 600 pro-democracy activists have lost their lives in the army firing. In such a situation, several countries, including the United States and India, have called for the return of democracy in the country. As a result, the pressure on Junta is constantly increasing. In such a situation, Myanmar’s army chief and junta leader Min Aung Hlaing is set to attend the ASEAN summit on Southeast Asian nations in Jakarta, Indonesia, next week, according to Thailand. This is Hlaing’s first foreign trip since the military coup. However, the junta government has not yet officially commented on the matter. The 10-nation summit, which begins on April 24, is expected to discuss Myanmar’s “crisis.” The process of releasing prisoners from several prisons in Myanmar has begun. A police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said at least 600 detainees were being released from Yangon’s Insein Prison. According to analysts, this process is nothing new. Every year, a number of prisoners are released in Myanmar on the occasion of the Thinggan or Buddhist New Year. But even in the midst of the Taymul protests in the military regime, there were doubts about the practice. However, according to some experts, those who are being released are mainly limestone. In fact, the junta is making room in prisons for the purpose of capturing democrats.

[আরও পড়ুন: নিয়ন্ত্রণে করোনা, গোটা বিশ্বের উলটোপথে হেঁটে মাস্ক পরার নিয়ম শিথিল ইজরায়েলের]

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