World Myanmar army tightens laws on overnight guests as police hunt protesters
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.
(Reuters) - Myanmar's army reinstated a law requiring people to report overnight visitors to their homes, as police hunt supporters of protests that have rocked the country since a military coup on Feb. 1.
The amendment to the Ward or Village Tract Administration Law, announced late on Saturday on a military-run Facebook page, is the latest in a raft of legislative changes introduced by the army.
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The former civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been detained alongside her cabinet, had repealed the requirement, a relic of decades of army rule.
Under the amendment, residents face a fine or imprisonment if they do not report guests to local authorities.
Myanmar’s junta on Saturday also suspended laws constraining security forces from detaining suspects or searching private property without court approval and ordered the arrest of well-known backers of mass protests against this month’s coup.
The coup has prompted the biggest street protests in more than a decade and has been denounced by Western countries, with the United States announcing some sanctions on the ruling generals and other countries also considering measures.
Myanmar's internet shut down as protestors flooded the streets. The military coup leaders sought to shut down Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter earlier this week.
Leaders of the military coup in Myanmar shut down the country's internet, after asking providers to block Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The shutdown would "severely limit coverage of anti-coup protests," said NetBlocks. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. As protestors on Saturday flooded Myanmar's streets, calling for an end to the military coup, the country's internet access was almost entirely shut down. "The regime has cut off all internet lines amid ongoing protests against the #militarycoup," wrote Myanmar Now, an independent local news agency, on Twitter.
As anti-coup protests sprang up again in the biggest city Yangon, the capital Naypyitaw and elsewhere on Saturday, the army said arrest warrants had been issued for seven high profile critics of military rule over their comments on social media.
People should inform the police if they spot any of those named and will be punished if they shelter them, the army’s True News information team said in a statement.
The Assistance Association for Former Political Prisoners, a Myanmar monitoring group, said at least 384 people have been detained across the country since the coup, mostly in night raids.
Residents in major cities have formed patrol groups to defend themselves against the police and common criminals.
(Writing by Poppy McPherson; Editing by William Mallard)
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Building bridges with other Burmese could be crucial. "The common enemy is the military," one activist saysIt’s a dramatic change from 2017, when the rights activist, now living in Germany, was disseminating information about the atrocities Myanmar’s military had unleashed against his community—the mostly Muslim Rohingya, who live in the west of the country. Back then, the majority of the messages he received from other Burmese consisted of death threats and abuse.