YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s military junta has campaigned against celebrities supporting protests across the country against seizure of power, broadcasting wanted items in state media and warning them not to use them.
The move comes after weeks of escalating violence by security forces in breaking up street protests against the Feb. 1 coup that ousted Daw Aung San’s elected government. Suzy 570 protesters and at least bystanders, including 47 children, have been killed since the seizure of power, according to the Political Prison Aid Society, which tracks casualties and arrests and says the toll is true. Should be higher Coups gradually bring the country back to democracy after five decades of military rule.
The list published on Sunday and Monday in the Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper includes actors, musicians and social media influencers charged with violating Section 505 (A) of the Criminal Code for “spreading news for the country”;. “The penalty for an offense is up to three years in prison.
A chart that lists most of the 20-person pages, along with a photo of their hometown and their Facebook page.
Several of the actors and directors were charged in February as well. But a campaign against supporters of the celebrity protest came last week when the military-controlled Myawaddy television broadcasts a program of demand. Right now there are at least 60 people on that list.
May Toe Khine, who described herself on her Twitter profile as “Full Time Burmese Actress / Part Time Fashion Designer Student,” tweeted after the TV announced that her arrest warrant was “Because it’s just my job as a civilian: use my platform. Speak out the truth “
“Please keep paying attention to the news in Myanmar until we win,” she wrote.
What appears to be a leaked document from the Ministry of Information advising broadcasters and production agencies on allegations against people in the fields of literature, film, art, theater, music and journalism. Warn against publishing or broadcasting your work, or face prosecution yourself.
The April 4th document, which could not be verified by The Associated Press, was reported by Khit Thit Media and widely published on social media.
The protests continued on Monday across the country. But they are generally smaller than recently and often in ways intended to avoid confrontation. On Sunday, an “Easter Egg Strike” was held with eggs painted in support of protests displayed in public and online.
In Dawei, a city in the south-eastern part of Myanmar, a stronghold of protest movement, short marches are held by motorcycles.
In Yangon, the country’s largest city, a march to commemorate the deceased was held by mourners dressed in black.About 20 people briefly gathered on the city’s streets and burned the Chinese flag. Many protesters believe that Beijing supports the military regime with economic and political support, including the threat of the United Nations Security Council against international sanctions.