Myanmar’s shadow government has urged Southeast Asian leaders to give them a seat in next week’s crisis talks, and not recognize the military rulers who took power in the coup. February.
The leader of the military government, Lieutenant General Min Aung Hlaing, is expected to participate ASEAN special summit in Myanmar on Saturday in Jakarta, Indonesia – his first official overseas trip since a coup toppled civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Moe Zaw Oo, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for parallel “government of national unity“- formed on Friday by ousted politicians, mainly from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, as well as ethnic minority politicians – said ASEAN had not contacted them.
“If ASEAN wants to help resolve the Myanmar situation, it will not achieve anything without consulting and negotiating with NUG, which is well-supported and has full legitimacy,” he told Dai. Voice of the United States on Sunday.
“It is important that this military council is not recognized. This needs to be handled with care ”.
On Saturday, Thai Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanee Sangrat said some leaders of 10 ASEAN countries, including Min Aung Hlaing, have confirmed that they will attend the April 24 meeting in Jakarta.
The invitation of the military mighty has drawn contempt from activists who have urged foreign leaders to unofficially recognize the military government.
This Southeast Asian country has been volatile since the February 1 coup.
Security forces have killed at least 730 pro-democracy protesters, according to an activist group, in an effort to crush national anti-coup protests.
Meanwhile, security forces also continued to target the media on Sunday, arresting free Japanese reporter Yuki Kitazumi.
He was arrested at his home in Yangon on Sunday night, his assistant said in a message.
In February, he was beaten and briefly detained during a persecution of protesters but was later released.
According to the monitoring group Reporting ASEAN, the number of reporters arrested so far has reached more than 65 people and at least 34 people are still in custody.
Authorities announced Sunday night on state television that 20 more celebrities and 20 more doctors will be added to their list of arrest warrants for 420 celebrities.
The protests continued
The previous unrest continued across the country on Sunday, with protesters gathering in Mandalay, Meiktila, Magway and Myingyan, showing support for the national unity government.
In Palaw, the south of the country, protesters held up banners that read: “Do not allow military dictators to rule. The dictatorship will be uprooted. Support the government of national unity. “
Young protesters also hold motorbike rallies carrying flags in Hpakant and Sagaing.
The night before, there were violent clashes in the gem-producing central city of Mogok when security forces cracked down on protesters.
According to a verification video by AFP news agency filmed by a resident, the soldiers crouched in the streets as their commanding officer yelled that he wanted to “die”.
The Association for Supporting Political Prisoners (AAPP) has verified two deaths in Mogok.
At the end of Saturday, a young man was shot dead in the town of Kyaukme in northern Shan State while driving his motorbike during curfew.
“He was shot by the authorities when he and other friends drove the motorbike around 9pm. He was shot in the head, ”a lifeguard told AFP news agency and added that his funeral would take place on Sunday.
Much of Myanmar remains on a curfew imposed immediately after the coup, which runs from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. every night.