Dozens of Myanmar youths tired of the meager achievements of peaceful protests against the military junta, joined military trainings in recent weeks with ethnic guerrillas who have been up in arms against the Myanmar state for decades.
“The truth is I should be relaxing with my friends,” one student told reporters at his jungle hideout in Karen State, near the Thai border, where dozens of young men have been undergoing military training for weeks.
Shameless, inhumane Junta would just lie to ASEAN leaders. We, Myanmar people, would not dare to expect anything good could come out of this meeting. #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar#Apr24Coup
Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing arrived Indonesia for the ASEAN summit. pic.twitter.com/cqdcntNBeZ
— ChillyTar (@Chillytar) April 24, 2021
On the other hand, Myanmar’s military junta has shown on television photographs of six young people arrested in Myanmar for demonstrating against the military junta with signs of having been tortured by security forces while in custody, according to local human rights organizations on Monday.
While, the ASEAN has momentarily set aside its commitment to non-interference in the affairs of its ten members to seek ways out of the grave situation in Myanmar.
ASEAN UPDATE : Police officers disperse protesters during a rally against Myanmar's junta near the ASEAN office ahead of the #ASEAN leaders' meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, 24 Apr 2021. #MurdererMinAungHlaing #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar pic.twitter.com/O67VROycFG
— (◕‿◕) lilyy (@lilyfrostbyte) April 24, 2021
Leaders and representatives of the nations of the group (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Brunei and Myanmar) urged the head of the Burmese military junta, Min Aung Hlaing -present at the meeting- to put an end to the violence with which the security forces of his country repress the opposition to the uprising he led on February 1.
At least 745 civilians have died since then, while the UN warns that millions of people are at risk of starvation due to the pressing economic crisis.