Burma

Myanmar Regime Sacks 120 Striking Staff from State-Run Broadcast Service

By The Irrawaddy 30 March 2021

Myanmar’s military regime has dismissed around 120 staff from the Ministry of Information who refused to work and have joined the civil disobedience movement (CDM).

The regime notified the striking civil servants from Myanma Radio and Television (MRTV), which is controlled by the ministry, of the dismissals in Yangon, Naypyitaw and various states.

The staff stopped working on Feb. 8, saying they would only work under a democratically elected government.

Government employees, including doctors, nurses, teachers, railway workers, engineers, garbage collectors, electricity workers, administrative staff, bankers and ministerial staff, have joined the CDM since early February.

Frustrated by the collective resistance that has paralyzed government mechanisms for over a month, the regime has attempted to intimidate striking workers by firing weapons during nighttime patrols of residential areas, detentions, suspension of staff, evictions from government housing and other actions. However, the growing threats have failed to stop the strikes.

 

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