Myanmar: nun intervenes between police and demonstrators and allows them to escape

“The action of the nun and the response of the police who stopped in front of the supplications of the nun, surprised many of us. Sister Ann Nu Thawng is a role model for Church leaders today. "

En Burma, Sunday February 28, nearly a month after the coup d'état perpetrated by the armed forces and while the population is demonstrating peacefully, the country experienced a murderous day. The Burmese army used live ammunition killing 18 people and injuring around XNUMX.

At the heart of this dramatic day, a nun distinguished herself by her courage. Sister Ann Nu Thawng, of the Congregation of Saint François Xavier, institute of diocesan law of Myitkyina intervened between the forces of the order and the demonstrators. She begged them in tears and on their knees not to open fire on the population participating in a peaceful procession. On Twitter, Cardinal Charles Bo reports thatshe thus allowed a hundred people to escape.

The editor of Gloria News Journal, the first Catholic Internet newspaper in Myanmar, spoke to theAgenzia Fides about this act of bravery. He affirms that the action of Ann Nu Thawng "is today a model for the leaders of the Church".

“The action of the nun and the response of the police who stopped in front of the supplications of the nun, surprised many of us. Sister Ann Nu Thawng is a role model for Church leaders today: Bishops and priests are called to step out of their comfort zones and follow her courage as an example. "

He adds that a large number "of non-Catholics also praised Sister Ann Nu Thawng" who by her courage saved more than a hundred demonstrators "from beating and arrest. from the police ”.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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Article originally published in March 2021.

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