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Myanmar military junta pulls existing laws to punish citizens if participated in a planned nationwide silent strike on 01 February

Yangon – As soon as plan of “Silent Strike” on February 01 – a day to be observed in reminiscence of the military coup staged one year ago – has been trending on social media and widely shared by citizens, Myanmar military junta has announced the preparation of using existing laws to punish citizens if participated in a nationwide silent strike on the February 01. 

A nationwide silent strike poster spreading online.

Myanmar military junta has been accused of National Unity Government and Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH) as a terrorist organization and its affiliates and threatening to punish those participating in the silent strike plan set out by NUG/CRPH and their affiliates. 

The military junta has vowed using a set of laws, namely, Terrorist Acts 52 (A), Section 505 (A), Electronic Acts 33 (A), and other communication acts will be used against those participating in the silent strike on February 01 – which is just two more days to go. 

The announcement was made on January 24 2022 via Myanmar TV – which is a military junta’s propaganda TV channel. 

There have been several reports about the local authorities appointed by Myanmar military junta have urged local residents not to participate in the incoming silent strike, not to close their shops in Ayeyarwaddy, Mandalay, Mon and Shan regions. n

The announcement also added to seize citizen’s properties as state’s asset if citizens participate in the silent strike. 

On January 27, although silent strike is not yet observed, the military junta has arrested the family of Maw Da Nuh restaurant by accusing the family of aiding the those organising a Silent Strike and seizing their restaurant and property as state’s asset in Pin Oo Lwin Town of Mandalay region.

Earlier on 10 December, a nationwide silent strike had been done with massive impact on towns, cities and villages across the country as the nation has stopped during the observation period of silent strike from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Again, the timing will be the same as before – from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm by not going out in the public and not opening businesses but stay at home.

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