Myanmar Police Issue Arrest Warrants For Celebrities For Endorsing Strike Movement

Myanmar police issued arrest warrants for six celebrity artistes, for their endorsing a national strike movement, according to a Myanmar Police Force’s statement, yesterday.

The statement said, files are issued against three directors, two actors and a vocalist, for endorsing the civil disobedience movement and encouraging government employees to join the strike.

The punishment may be imprisonment of up to three years, or fine, or with both.

The police also issued arrest warrants for seven artistes, public figures and social activists last week, for writing articles and speeches on social media that could endanger the peace and order of the country.

Some government employees have been joining the nationwide civil disobedience movement, after a one-year state of emergency was declared in the country on Feb 1.

The State Administration Council, led by Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services, Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, issued a notice, denying allegations, government employees and retired staff will not be paid. The council assured that salaries and pensions will be given to employees and urged them to continue performing their duties as usual.

Meanwhile, three official websites, run by the Central Bank of Myanmar, the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services and the Military True News Information Team, were attacked by hackers and suspended yesterday afternoon, according to the military.

The council said, efforts are underway to recover the website of the Central Bank of Myanmar, while the two military websites were back online hours after the cyber-attacks.

Protests have been held in the country since early this month, calling for the release of the detained leaders.

Source: NAM News Network