The Myanmar army has ordered the arrest of 7 prominent supporters of the demonstrations rejecting the military coup this month.
The announcement comes on the eighth day of the nationwide demonstrations protesting the coup, the army’s takeover of power, and the arrest of the country’s elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The army’s “True News” media team said, “People should inform the police if they see any of the aforementioned seven, and anyone who covers them will be punished.”
The statement added that lawsuits were instituted under Chapter 505 (b) of the penal code, which was used by previous military councils against opponents, according to which prison sentences of up to two years were issued for comments that disturb public opinion or “disturb calm.”
The army also announced that the ruling military council has suspended provisions in the law relating to the protection of privacy that require authorities to obtain a judicial order to detain people for more than 24 hours, inspect private facilities, or conduct surveillance operations.
“Articles 5, 7 and 8 of the law that protect the privacy and security of citizens are suspended,” said a statement signed by the coup leader Min Aung Hlaing.
The military seized power in Myanmar recently, claiming that the results of the elections that took place in November were rigged and won by the National League for Democracy.