World Myanmar army orders arrest of protest backers
After Myanmar coup, Biden’s Asian allies may balk at sanctions against military
Despite U.S. pledges to rally fellow democracies to punish the regime, there’s little appetite in the region for economic retaliation. The implication, experts said, is that if Myanmar’s generals thought they could manage the diplomatic and economic fallout from their ouster on Monday of the civilian-led government of Aung San Suu Kyi, they were probably right. On Thursday, faced with domestic resistance to its power grab, the military regime blocked Facebook and other messaging apps.
The Myanmar army ordered the arrest of protest backers and have suspended the laws that prevent security forces from holding suspects without a court-approved order amid mass demonstrations that have engulfed the nation for days.
Military General Min Aung Hlaing has suspended laws barring officials from searching private property and holding protesters in jail for more than 24 hours without a court order, from Reuters.
After the laws were suspended, the general ordered those who have been protesting his rule to be arrested. There is no end date on the suspension and it is unclear if Hlaing will reverse the suspension anytime soon.
Japan's Kirin ditches Myanmar beer partner because of its ties to the military
Japanese companies bet on Myanmar years ago as the Southeast Asian country emerged from decades of military rule. But this week's coup has already ended one of those deals. © Yichuan Cao/Sipa USA Kirin Brewery Company's Kirin Light and Kirin Ichiban beer can be seen at a store in Cupertino, California, United States on Thursday, November 21, 2019. The Japanese conglomerate Kirin Holdings has acquired Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing.
The move by Hlaing comes as thousands of demonstrators have taken to the street to protest the military coup and detention of the country's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, halting a steady transition to a democracy, according to the wire service.
Thousands of protesters have gathered despite a ban on mass congregations, and the protests have become violent at some points as the military continues to clamp down on its rule over the country.
The leaders of the coup are looking for seven people who have been criticizing their leadership on social media, and have said that anyone who aids them can be arrested as well, according to Reuters.
The military coup has been condemned internationally by several countries, and President Biden has put on military officials, taking away more than $42 million in aid from the country's government.
Facebook removed the main page of Myanmar military as protests continue following a military coup .
The military, known as the Tatmadaw, staged a coup on February 1, detaining officials over debunked claims of voter fraud during their election.Insider has reached out to Facebook for comment, but a spokesperson told Reuters: "In line with our global policies, we've removed the Tatmadaw True News Information Team Page from Facebook for repeated violations of our Community Standards prohibiting incitement of violence and coordinating harm.