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Asean must hold the line on junta

On Dec 5, soldiers backed by the Myanmar junta rammed a military truck into a group of peaceful protesters in the country's commercial capital Yangon, killing at least five people and injuring at least eight.

Then on that same day, videos of junta soldiers shooting and burning the bodies of 11 villagers, including five children, in the northern region of Sagaing, emerged on social media.

These are just two out of the many examples of the Myanmar junta's horrific brutality against the people of Myanmar, which has only intensified since it staged a military coup on Feb 1.

Now, with the year drawing to a close and Cambodia due to begin its term as the new Asean chair, there are growing doubts that the bloc can make any progress on resolving the crisis in Myanmar and support democracy and justice.

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