Hot! Activists Charged in Burma

Irawaddy | Thirteen peace activists in Burma have been charged by police and could face jail time for leading marches to mark the UN’s International Peace Day without official permission.

The protest leaders have been charged under Article 18 of the Assembly and Procession bylaw for staging a public gathering without official permission. Nine of the 13 were involved in a peaceful demonstration in Rangoon where up to 500 people marched to protest the civil conflicts in Kachin State and other ethnic areas.

The nine activists in Rangoon said they are astonished at the charges-they reportedly face trial and a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a 30,000 kyat fine. However, since they are being charged on 10 accounts of breaking Article 18 they could be facing a maximum sentence of 10 years.

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