Min Aung Hlaing will participate in the summit with the participation of leaders of Southeast Asian countries in Indonesia next week.
Thailand has announced that the head of Myanmar’s military government, Senior Lieutenant General Min Aung Hlaing, will attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Indonesia next week – an overseas visit his first known since he took power in the February 1 coup.
Myanmar has seen a lot of upheaval since the military eliminated an elected government led by civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Security forces killed 728 pro-democracy protesters, according to an activist group, in an effort to crush nationwide anti-coup protests.
In the latest riots, security forces shot and killed two protesters in the ruby mining town of Mogok, a resident told Reuters news agency, while several small bombs went off in the big city. most of Yangon, injuring some people, the media reported.
Myanmar’s neighbors have tried to encourage negotiations between the military rulers and the government to be eliminated, but the military has shown little willingness to participate.
On Saturday, Thai Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanee Sangrat said several leaders from 10 ASEAN countries, including Min Aung Hlaing, have confirmed that they will attend the April 24 meeting in Jakarta.
Meanwhile, the military government release The Ministry of Prison said 23,184 prisoners from prisons across the country on Saturday on New Year’s amnesty, the Ministry of Prisons said, although very few, if any, democracy activists were arrested since The coup is said to be among them.
Saturday is the first day of Myanmar’s New Year and is the last day of a 5-day holiday, often marked with visits to Buddhist temples, water splashes and street parties.
Aung San Suu Kyi was among the 3,141 people arrested in connection with the coup, according to a tally by the Association for Supporting Political Prisoners (AAPP). The Nobel Peace Prize winner faced various charges, including violating an official secret act, which could put her in jail for 14 years. Her lawyers denied the allegations.
“These (released) detainees have been mostly since February 1 but there are also some who have since been jailed,” said Prison Department spokesman Kyaw Tun Oo. He said he did not have details of the offense for which they were jailed.
Among those released are 137 foreigners, who will be deported, state broadcaster said. It doesn’t give details.
The AAPP said the military continued to search for 832 people involved in the protests. Among them more than 200 people, including several actors, singers and online celebrities, have spoken out against the coup and are wanted on charges of encouraging dissent in the force. Armed amount, can be sentenced to 3 years imprisonment.
State media announced the names of 40 other wanted people, 20 of whom were doctors, on Saturday.
The February 1 coup sparked a massive uprising that took hundreds of thousands of protesters to the streets demanding democracy again, while officials boycotted work aimed at overthrowing the military government. .
The military power struggles have also sparked clashes between the military and armed minority groups in the north and east of the country.
The military defended its coup by alleging that the November election results were fraudulent, although the electoral commission has denied the objections.
The international community has largely condemned generals to use force against unarmed civilians – imposing deliberate sanctions against top military allies, their families. and businesses affiliated with the military.