August 19, 2016

Labourers sentenced to 1 month jail or a K5,000 fine for contempt of court

FIFTEEN detained labour demonstrators received a sentence of one-month imprisonment or a K5,000 fine for contempt of court from a Nay Pyi Taw Tatkon Township court yesterday.
The group was detained in the township in May for trying to pass barricades blocking them from entering Nay Pyi Taw.
The workers, from a finished wood products factory in Sagaing, are currently facing charges under articles 143, 147 and 505 (a) for unlawful assembly, disobeying the instruction of the police and disturbing public order.
After hearing the sentence at the fourth hearing the workers voiced the disappointment at the decision of the court, saying they don’t have faith in the judiciary.
“We will go on hunger strike to protest against the court and the government”, said Ko Khaing Min, the leader of the protestors.
The next court hearing for other charges will be on 27 July.
Out of 51 labour protestors that were detained after their protest were dispersed by police in mid-May, 35 returned home on 30 May after they were found not guilty.


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