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Wanted lists published in Myanmar as junta continues violence

A wanted list was published in Myanmar’s military-controlled media about prominent figures.

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A wanted list was published in Myanmar’s military-controlled media about prominent figures.

The move came in after anti-coup voices got up against the junta. The military coup has killed any civilians since the time they took control over the country. The democratically elected leader Aung San Suu was illegally detained seized power on 1 February. A domestic advocacy group that tracks detentions has been unable to confirm the whereabouts of the vast majority of people taken by the military.

The Global New Light of Myanmar printed the list of people accused under section 505 A of the penal code. All those on the list are accused of spreading fear and false news among the masses. The state has accused those people of creating a civil disobedience movement. The movement is aimed to paralyze the junta and reinstate the democratic government.

The list now has 60 people on and the junta is still adding more to it. It also has photographs and their social media accounts on it. In a video posted on social media, Myat Noe Aye, an actress, wrote that she was among those who had been targeted with an arrest warrant. “I thought I might be really afraid when it comes to my turn but I’m more proud of myself for doing the right thing for my country,” she said. She expected more names would be announced, she added.

Small street protests continued in the parts of the country for consecutive weeks. In Hlaing and South Okkala townships in the main city of Yangon, demonstrators sprayed the streets with red paint, as part of a “blood strike” to protest against the killing of hundreds of people by the military, while crowds also marched on the streets of Mandalay.

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