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Anti-coup protesters holding pictures of those who died during a protest against the military offer prayers for them on Monday April 5, 2021 in Yangon, Myanmar. The threat of deadly violence and the arrest of demonstrators have not suppressed daily demonstrations across Myanmar The military resigns and reinstates the democratically elected government.




Anti-coup protesters holding pictures of those who died during a protest against the military offer prayers for them on Monday April 5, 2021 in Yangon, Myanmar. The threat of deadly violence and the arrest of demonstrators have not suppressed daily demonstrations across Myanmar The military resigns and reinstates the democratically elected government.




Anti-coup protesters show a symbol of resistance with three fingers as they gather to pray for those who died in a protest against the military in Yangon, Myanmar, on Monday April 5, 2021 . The threat of deadly violence and the arrest of demonstrators could not be suppressed. Daily demonstrations across Myanmar call for the resignation of the military and the reinstatement of the democratically elected government.

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s ruling junta has stepped up its campaign against celebrities who support nationwide protests against the seizure of power, publish wanted lists in the state press and warn against the use of their work.

The move follows weeks of escalating violence by security forces in dispersing street protests against the February 1 coup that overthrew the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. At least 564 protesters and bystanders have been killed since the takeover, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which monitors victims and arrests. The coup reversed the country’s gradual return to democracy after five decades of military rule.

The lists published in the Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper on Sunday and Monday include actors, actresses, musicians and social media influencers charged with violating Section 505 (A) of the Criminal Code for “disseminating news for Impairment of state stability ”are accused. The penalty for the offense is up to three years in prison.

A chart that takes up most of a page lists 20 people, plus photos, hometowns, and Facebook pages.

Several actors and directors were also charged in February, but the campaign against prominent protesters was stepped up last week when army-controlled Myawaddy TV broadcast a wanted list. There are now at least 60 people on such lists.