Myanmar Military Junta Asks Thailand’s “Support for Democracy”

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said he has received a letter from Myanmar’s new military leader Min Aung Hlaing, asking for his support on Myanmar’s democracy.

Thailand’s prime minister said, “In short, he asks Thailand for support for democracy in Myanmar – which is something I totally support.”

But he adds that the management of its internal affairs is up to the new leadership.

Prayut, who also staged a military coup in 2014 said, “We are supportive of the democratic process in Myanmar but what is most important today is to maintain good relations because it impacts the people, the economy, border trade, particularly now.”

Myanmar has now witnessed wide demonstrations against the military coup, which toppled Aung San Suu Kyi, following her party’s landslide win in last year’s elections.

The protests have made a violent turn as police responded with water cannon and live rounds, with reports of a 19-year-old named Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing in critical condition after she was hit by live ammunition in the back of the head.

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