Ministry: See no urgency to evacuate Indonesians from Myanmar

Jakarta The Foreign Ministry has said it sees no urgency to evacuate Indonesian nationals from Myanmar in the wake of widespread protests against the military coup and the imposition of martial law in several parts of Yangon.

Indonesian citizens living in Myanmar are relatively safe and have not witnessed direct attacks, according to the outcome of an online meeting between the Foreign Ministry, the Indonesian Embassy in Yangon, and Indonesian citizens in Myanmar.

“After all, Indonesian citizens who have no essential interests in Myanmar have been advised to return home to Indonesia by relief flights made available by Singapore Airlines and Myanmar Airlines,” the Foreign Ministry said in a written statement on Tuesday.

So far, around 50 Indonesian citizens have returned home on board the special flights.

The Indonesian Embassy in Yangon has converted an Indonesian school in Yangon into a temporary shelter for Indonesian citizens. The Foreign Ministry said it will help arrange chartered flights, with the embassy’s help, if requested by Indonesian citizens. “The Foreign Ministry and the embassy will keep monitoring the latest developments and have provided hotline access to help Indonesian citizens,” the ministry informed.

According to a Reuters report, Myanmar security forces shot dead at least 20 pro-democracy protesters on Monday (March 15, 2021). The military junta has imposed martial law in several parts of Yangon.

Supporters of the detained, democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi again took to the streets on Monday after scores of demonstrators were killed on Sunday (March 14, 2021), the deadliest day since the military coup on February 1, 2021.

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) said 74 demonstrators were killed on Sunday. Most of them were killed during a rally at a Hlaingthaya factory estate.

So far, 183 people have been killed by the security forces in several weeks of protests against the military coup.

Source: Antara News