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Myanmar Medics Charged for Participating in Anti-Coup Strike

The Myanmar military has now filed lawsuits against 139 doctors citing incitement laws, as medical workers take part in the Civil Disobedience Movement, local media reported on Monday. 

The military has intensified its crackdown against doctors on strike as well as those who treat the victims of violent protest dispersal, including a director of the Health Ministry who face charges under Section 505(a) of the Penal Code for incitement with a jail term of up to three years.

Included in the list are medical superintendents, specialists and doctors on strike at government hospitals across the country, The Irrawaddy news reported. 

The junta has also warned that they could bar them from practicing and revoke their passports. 

On Thursday, the Myanmar Doctors for Human Rights urged UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to help stop the military from targeting medical workers, so they could treat patients safely.

Despite the ongoing crackdown, doctors and medical workers supporting the pro-democracy movement have been treating patients for free with many setting up clinics to treat those injured in the protests, The Irrawaddy also reported. 

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