YANGON – Myanmar military anti-coup demonstrators rallied in front of the Indonesian Embassy in Yangon, Tuesday (23/2/2021). The masses protested against Indonesia, which reportedly submitted plans to send inspectors from ASEAN to monitor the new elections that the military junta had promised.
Demonstrators have so far rejected new elections and continue to demand that the elected government in the 8 November 2020 elections, namely the coup of Aung San Suu Kyi’s government, be restored.
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On Monday, Reuters reported that Indonesia was pushing ASEAN to agree to an action plan in response to the Myanmar military junta’s pledge to hold new elections. The action plan involves sending an ASEAN monitoring team to ensure new elections are fair and inclusive, but does not seek immediate release from Aung San Suu Kyi.
Lei Wah, a 29-year-old office staff member who came to the Indonesian embassy to protest, said: “I am annoyed by the plan. We don’t have to repeat the election. If we hold an election it means we agree with the junta. The election is already being held in November, and we accept it. “
A 32-year-old man who worked in a bag factory who took part in the demonstration said; “I and the generation older than I suffered under the previous military rule — the education was terrible, and we were always afraid of the police. I don’t want that to happen again.”
Meanwhile, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said Myanmar’s transition to democracy after this month’s military coup must follow the wishes of its people.
His remarks came after outrage from anti-coup protesters and a Reuters report that Indonesia was pushing for an ASEAN plan to send monitors to ensure the military junta held fair elections, as promised.