Following a rash of arrests and convictions of protesters, the US embassy in Yangon has criticised the government’s increasing use of restrictive assembly laws to crack down on political gatherings.
Two labour union leaders arrested during strikes in February refused to appear for their court hearing yesterday, hoping the act of defiance would reveal what they allege is a sham trial, as well as rampant abuses in the garment sector.
Taxi drivers are resisting attempts by city authorities to corral them into taxi stands in a bid to reduce traffic congestion.
Fresh from its victory over the Dagon City developers, the Save Shwedagon Committee has revealed plans to expand the scope of its activities to other religious sites in Yangon.
President U Thein Sein has instructed the Myanmar Investment Commission to stop controversial property projects near Shwedagon Pagoda, multiple sources have confirmed to The Myanmar Times, as activists announced plans to intensify their opposition to the developments.
In another challenge to the prosecution, London Sayadaw, also known as U Ottara, has demanded to know why only he and four other monks are facing charges in the wake of the police raid on Mahasantisukha Monastery.