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Legislative manoeuvre by Myanmar Military for Martial Law

Legal Correspondent: Utkarsh Karpe


March 15, 2021: Martial law in Myanmar’s some of the big cities by their military after the bloodiest repression, which led to the assassination of at least 38 people. This is a mutiny by the Military on 1st February which resulted in the removal of Aung San Suu Kyi’s democratically elected government and declared the national emergency. Also, imposing Section 144 of the Penal Code, which limits gatherings of more than five persons and a curfew between 8 pm. to 4 a.m., provoked strong resistance from the people.

Martial law empowers the army that ousted all other laws. Which was imposed in six townships of Yangon for stopping the protest, while some protesters burn tires to defend themselves. According to Eleven Media, violators of the law can be tried by military courts and maybe give harsh punishments as death or life imprisonment and minimum punishment were three years of jail with a fine and labour work. Martial law had decreed in the past in year’s 1989 and 1974, while in 1989 it was for three years because of a failed popular revolt against a military dictatorship.

As a result of the violence in Hlaing Thar Yar townships of the Yangon, 22 protesters had murdered and the order extended to another part of the Yangon township and other townships of the city. As China has numerous factories in Myanmar as property or partnership, two of them set a fire in the violence. So, they wanted the guarantee and safety of lives and property in Myanmar. Myanmar’s people have hatred over China for their influence over the economy and politics of Myanmar, also they accuse China of exploiting their natural resources and saving the military from international repercussion.


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