ASEAN Appoints Special Envoy to Myanmar to Help Quell Post-coup Violence

The photo shows a protest in Yangon, Myanmar from February 2021. (သူထွန်း, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)

On Sunday, fresh protests broke out against Myanmar’s military rule. They coincided with the anniversary of 1988 pro-democracy protests. Read more here.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has appointed a special envoy to Myanmar to deal with the post-coup violence wracking the country.

Joe Handley of Asian Access says many people in Myanmar have resigned themselves to a worse future for the country without the same freedoms they enjoyed under a democracy. “I remember flying to Yangon years ago, and you could get no cell phone reception. Everything was blocked from the country, so they’re all presuming they are headed back to that kind of era. Of course, they don’t want that. That’s why they were protesting.”

Christians in the chaos

February’s coup has thrown Myanmar into chaos. Civilians, including healthcare workers, quit working to protest the military’s overthrow of the elected government. Oxygen has become so rare that many people have been waiting in line outside factories hoping to buy some.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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