The police is violently cracking down the protesting students, monks and people; making unlawful arrest of journalists.State media: 127 are arrested in Letpadan.
Yangon-Myanmar Press Council (Interim) issued a statement condemning Myanmar Police Force’s hostile action of beating and arresting the journalists covering news as to the main students’ column of democracy education, disrespecting for local and international laws. The full text of the statement issued by the MPC (Interim) is as follows: (1) The MPC expresses much concern over the riot police’s beating and arresting the journalists covering news to make it known to the public, keeping a close watch on the situations of the student protesters arriving in Letpadan, Bago Region. (2) The journalists are reporting on actual situations without supporting or objecting to the protest of the students. Moreover, they are not participating in the demonstration of the students. Laws, rules and regulations are prescribed for the reporters regarding the riots and protests in the world. The MPC (Interim) has an opinion about the riot police’s crackdown and arrest of the journalists, disrespect for local and international laws, going against the rights of the reporters stipulated in the Media Law approved by the Union parliament and the fundamental rights of the citizens in the Constitution. (3) Now is the second time the journalists have been arrested in Letpadan. The MPC (Interim) strongly objected to the improper action of the riot police. Moreover, the MPC (Interim) demands an immediate release of the arrested journalists.
Nay Pyi Taw, 9 March — Myanmar Military Tatmadaw columns have been combing Point 1753 hill and nearby hilltops from which Kokang insurgents launch attacks to harass the safe travelling of local people since 7 March. Tatmadaw columns were able to capture strategic hills after launching air and artillery strikes but fierce fighting continued until 8 March in the area.
One officer and seven other ranks sacrificed their lives during the fighting and 51 others were injured. Kokang insurgents take foothold in the hills between Point 1753 hill and border post 141 and often attack local travelers and Tatmadaw convoys. In February, Kokang insurgent attacked vehicles flying the Red Cross Flag, vehicles of the media and departmental staff on the route.—
students arrested under section 143, Section 145, Section 147, Section 332, Section 505 (b) Section 143 is the maximum sentenced to 6 months, Fines, 2, both stroke Section 145 is the maximum sentenced to 2 years, Fines, 2 stroke Section 147 is the maximum sentenced to 2 years, Fines, 2, both stroke Section 332 is the maximum sentenced to 3 years, Fines, 2, both stroke Section 505 (b), the maximum sentenced to 2 years, Fines, 2, both stroke You can set a total of 9 years 6 months in prison.
State media: 127 are arrested in Letpadan. 10./3/2015 More than 400 Police crackdown on protest camp Letpadan today ,near local monastery. The protesters began their sit-in just over a week ago on a road near a monastery in Letpadan after police barred them from marching to Yangon Photocredit Student union – not use for commercial
The police violently cracked down the main student protesters’ column blocked in Letpadan in the afternoon on March 10, beating and arresting not only the students but also the journalists covering news, bringing the number of about 50 people detained. The police started beating the students trying to join the main student protesters’ column while finding confronted by the main student boycott column in the afternoon. Beating and arresting monks and journalists apart from the students The police were forcibly beating and arresting the Buddhist monks and local people from Letpadan joining hands with the students starting at 1.30 pm. According to the reports gained up to 3 pm, the six injured were rushed to Letpadan People’s Hospital. A plan was being made to send a seriously injured woman to Yangon General Hospital. The students and the journalists fled to the nearest monastery and houses, but the police chased after them and beat them. The students in the ambulance were also beaten and arrested. “I fled to the monastery after being beaten. Around me, I saw the female student crying and she told me that she was beaten with a baton. I pulled her and ran to the monastery. The crowd dispersed. A number of the protesters followed me. But the monastery was raided by the police and I had to run again,” a student who was beaten by the police said at about 2.30 pm. He added that his elder brother and younger brother were also beaten. It was not easy to save them. The police beat all they saw. The Buddhist monks were also beaten. Two thirds of the student protesters were thought to be arrested. Moreover, the journalists arriving at the scene said that the reporters were being beaten and arrested. At least one reporter was arrested and five were missing. The journalists are hiding Continue reading “#UPDATE #MYANMAR #MEDIA #RUN #IMAGES #CRACKDOWN #STUDENT #LETPADAN”→