Pope Francis condemns Myanmar junta forward of landmark go to to Iraq

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Pope Francis on Wednesday reiterated his name on Myanmar’s army junta to launch all political prisoners and permit the nation to proceed its journey towards democracy.

The nation’s elected chief Aung San Suu Kyi is amongst these detained, dealing with a number of expenses, together with inflicting “fear and alarm” and possessing illegally imported communications tools.

“I would like to draw the attention of the authorities involved to the fact that dialogue prevails over repression and harmony over discord,” Pope Francis stated, talking on the finish of his basic viewers. 

His feedback got here within the wake of one other violent crackdown on protesters who have been demonstrating peacefully towards the coup. Security forces have killed a minimum of 30 individuals collaborating in pro-democracy marches for the reason that army coup on February 1.

“I repeat the wish I expressed a month ago,” he stated, “that the path towards democracy taken in recent years by Myanmar may be resumed through the concrete gesture of the release of the various political leaders imprisoned.”

Only on Wednesday, the day of the Pope’s enchantment, police forces within the nation killed a minimum of 9 individuals collaborating within the protests. 

On March 5, the Pope will go to Iraq, his first international journey for the reason that outbreak of the pandemic. The landmark move was labelled as an “act of love for this land, for its people and for its Christians.”