Myanmar nationals stage protest outside Singapore Embassy in US capital

Protesters seen along the street outside the Singapore Embassy in Washington, D.C. (PHOTOS: Twitter / Voice Of Arakan)

UPDATE: Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement on the protest.

SINGAPORE — A small demonstration involving Myanmar nationals took place outside the Singapore Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Monday (15 July).

The protest was held in support of several Myanmar nationals who were recently arrested in Singapore, according to a Burma News International report.

Another protest was scheduled to be held outside the Myanmar Embassy in Washington on the same day, while another is set to take place outside the Singapore Embassy in Japan on Wednesday, the report said.

A Ministry of Home Affairs news release on Wednesday said those apprehended in Singapore were gathering support for armed violence against the Myanmar government. They had done so by mobilising members of the local Myanmar community here to back the Arakan Army (AA) and its political wing, the United League of Arakan (ULA).

Twitter posts by the Voice Of Arakan group showed pictures along with a video of men and women gathered along a street outside the Singapore Embassy. Many held signs which were critical of the Singapore and Myanmar governments.

In response to queries from Yahoo News Singapore, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it is aware that a protest took place outside the Washington Mission.

A group from the Arakan American Community delivered a letter to the Mission regarding the arrest of some Myanmar nationals in Singapore, said the MFA, adding that it will convey the letter to the relevant authorities.

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