03 Dec '11, 3pm

Myanmar president signs protest bill

YANGON: Myanmar's president has formally approved a bill allowing citizens to protest peacefully if they have permission, state media reported on Saturday, in one of a series of reformist moves by the regime. The bill, signed by the President Thein Sein on Friday, requires that demonstrators inform the authorities five days in advance of when, where and why they wish to protest, according to the official Myanmar Ahlin newspaper. The law was passed last month by a parliament dominated by Thein Sein's party and its military allies, making his final approval a mere formality. It requires would-be protesters to tell the authorities in advance what they will talk or chant about at their gathering, as well as the route they plan to take. It is forbidden to block traffic or cause disturbances during rallies. Anybody who protests without permission risks one year in jail, while di...

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