Peaceful protest held at Indonesian Embassy in Myanmar: FM spokesman

Peaceful protest held at Indonesian Embassy in Myanmar: FM spokesman

Teuku Faizasyah  (ANTARA/Genta Tenri Mawangi)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - A protest on Tuesday supporting ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi held before the Indonesian Embassy in Yangon ran peacefully, though the embassy's authority should ensure the safety of all Indonesians in the country.

The protest that arose following a Reuters' report ran without acts of violence, Indonesian Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson, Teuku Faizasyah, informed journalists in Jakarta on Tuesday.

However, Faizasyah admitted that over the course of the past few weeks, waves of protests against the military coup on February 1, 2021, had continued in Myanmar and made the country's condition unstable.

"This is a factual reality that our embassy in Myanmar needs to manage to ensure that all members of the Indonesian community in the country remain well-protected," Faizasyah affirmed.

A journalist in Myanmar named Hnin Zaw uploaded four photos of the rally at the Indonesian Embassy in Yangon on Tuesday on her Twitter account @hninyadanazaw.

In one of the photos shared by Zaw, the demonstrators brandished their posters bearing the words "Please save our leader, future, hope" and "We don't need another election. Respect our votes" outside the embassy's compound.

Faizasyah denied the Reuters' news report released on Monday that said Jakarta had agreed on Myanmar junta's action plan to conduct a new election.

Faizasyah affirmed that supporting the new election was not the Indonesian government's political stance.

"I deny there is a plan of action. It is absolutely not Indonesia's position," he emphasized.

On the contrary, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has been striving to consult with her counterparts from other ASEAN member states to obtain their views on Myanmar's political crisis, he pointed out.

Marsudi's meetings with her counterparts had been mandated by President Joko Widodo's recent meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in Jakarta early this month, according to Faizasyah.

To this end, over this past week, Foreign Minister Marsudi had embarked on a visit to Brunei Darussalam and Singapore.

The minister will continue her trip to Thailand in the near future to consult with her counterpart on how ASEAN plays a role in seeking solutions to Myanmar's political crisis, he noted.

"What we want to underline is how we can find a peaceful solution in Myanmar, an inclusive democratic political process that involves all parties," he affirmed.

Over the course of the past few weeks, Myanmar has been hit by a series of large-scale demonstrations against the military coup taking place on February 1, 2021.

The protesters in Myanmar demanded an immediate release of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and recognition of her National League for Democracy's (NLD's) victory in the second parliamentary elections held on October 29, 2020.

According to BBC on Feb 1, 2021, following the coup, Myanmar's military seized power, while Suu Kyi and other democratically elected leaders were detained.
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