ASEAN leaders meet with head of Myanmar’s military junta | DW News

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Myanmar’s military commander has traveled to Indonesia for an emergency summit of regional leaders. It’s the first time General Min Aung Hlaing has left Myanmar since the army seized power from the civilian government at the beginning of February. Other leaders are set to press for an end to the violent crackdown on pro-democracy activists.According to rights groups, hundreds of people have been killed during protests. But demonstrators say they refuse to back down until their elected leaders are freed.More than 700 people have been killed since the military seized power in a coup on February first. In spite of the danger, demonstrators take to the streets almost daily to protest against the military regime – and demand a return to democracy. The country’s deposed civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, remains in detention, as do thousands of political prisoners rounded up by police.Last week, opposition groups and ethnic minorities joined forces to form a new ‘National Unity Government.’In addition to deaths and arrests, the crackdown has also displaced an estimated quarter of a million people. The UN says the situation in Myanmar poses a regional security risk, and is urging ASEAN countries to take action.Pro-democracy activists have been calling for a tougher international response to the coup. The ASEAN summit will be a test of what Myanmar’s neighbors are willing to do.

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