Police to take action against leaders of protests

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Myanmar Police Force announced that they would take action against those who lead the protests in accordance with the law.

The statement said Section 144 of Criminal Procedure was imposed in some townships to protect the safety of people, the rule of law and community peace and to prevent occurring riots, effective 8 February. Despite the order, some cases that seem to oppose the State occurred, and the information team of the State Administration Council released the statement again to take action for violating the stipulations of Section 144 of Criminal Procedure on 26 February.

The protesters gathered at Hledan junction of Kamayut township, Myaynigone overpass of Sandyoung, Pinlon Square of Dagon Myothit (North), 5 junctions of Tamway, near City Hall of Kyauktada, Ocean Centre of Bahan, Singapore Embassy, Inya Myaing road, Insein road and San Yeik Nyein bus stop of Kamayut Township yesterday morning.

The security forces warned to disperse for many times, but the protest crowds did not disperse. Therefore, the security members used sound bombs to disperse and detained a total of 166 people—106 men and 60 women and seized 4 vehicles and two tents that blocked the roads.

Similarly, the protesters staged strikes at 66th street (between 33th and 34th streets) of Chanayethazan of Mandalay Region, 30th street (between 77th and 78th streets), Mandalay railway station, 58th street of Mahaaungmye (between 35th and 36th streets), 62nd street of Mahamyaing ward (between 39th and 40th streets). The security forces used sound bombs to disperse and detained a total of 92 people—53 men and 39 women.

Moreover, the security forces also warned not to occur mass gathering at Sin Phyu Yarma Pyathet monastery in Ayetharyar ward of Monwya township of Sagaing Region in accordance with the law. The security members dispersed the protest crowds by using sound bombs and detained a total of 173 people—104 men and 69 women.

The security forces detained six men in Kawthoung, Myeik and Dawei townships of the Taninthayi Region.

Moreover, about 300 peole protested in front of the Pauk township police station of Magway Region, and the police used tear gas to disperse the crowds. Meanwhile, the people gathered in front of the Thiho Shin pagoda of Pakokku township and the security members used the sound bombs to disperse and detained six men.

The security forces also detained a total of 17 people—8 men and 9 women in Mawlamyinegyun township of Ayeyawady Region while 15 people 11 men and 4 women in Hpa-an and at No (1) friendship bridge of Myawady of Kayin State.

The security forces also disperse the protest crowds in Haka Township of Chin State and the security forces detained two women in Waingmaw Township of Kachin State.

The police also dispersed the protest crowds in Mawlamyine township of Mon State and detained two men.

The police will examine the detainees to uncover the leaders of protests against the State and serious action will be taken against them in accordance with the law, the statement said.—MNA/GNLM

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