While protests against the military coup in Myanmar continue, other countries in the region are starting to move. Indonesian President Joko Widodo believes that “violence in Myanmar should be stopped immediately”, Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says he is “shocked by the continuing violence against unarmed civilians.” The Philippines and Singapore have also spoken out against the coup and imprisonment of the elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
“We cannot afford to watch our brothernation Myanmar be destabilized by a select group that puts its own interests first,” Yassin said. He and the Indonesian President want to talk quickly about the violence with the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Myanmar is a member of that as well.
In the region, it is not self-evident that countries address each other on their internal problems, but now they do. Western countries have also strongly condemned last month‘s coup d’état and the violence that followed.
The army seized power last month and arrested head of government Aung San Suu Kyi. Since then, citizens have been on the streets massively demanding the restoration of democracy. The Armed Forces are hitting back hard. Also in the night of Friday to Saturday, according to media, two people were shot by soldiers in the country. This means that the death toll has been 237 since the coup of 1 February, according to a local organisation that stands up for political prisoners.