9 April 2021: The Myanmar military arrested actress Eaindra Kyaw Zin and actor Pyay Ti Oo on the “incitement charges” for opposing the military, reported The Irrawaddy.
The artists were arrested under the Penal Code Section 505-A, criminalising making public statements with intend to, or which are likely to cause a mutiny.
If found guilty, Kyaw Zin and Ti Oo face imprisonment for up to two years, a fine, or both.
On 1 February 2021, Myanmar military forces, also known as Tatmadaw, declared a state of emergency and seized power in Myanmar through a coup d’état, as Freemuse reports in its recently published letter in solidarity with artists and cultural actors in Myanmar.
This resulted in systematic repression of the freedom of movement, freedom of expression, right to assembly and association, and the freedom of the press in Myanmar.
According to the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners in Burma, around 3151 individuals have been detained or sentenced by the military forces. There is a note of 726 killings and 813 arrest warrants.