Paung, 3 October

Military council’s administrative body has banned two men riding the same motorbikes together in Mon State’s Paung Township, causing troubles for locals.

Locals told Than Lwin Times that after police and informants were frequently shot dead, the General Administration Department of Paung Township issued a local order prohibiting the two men from riding the motorbike together beginning October 1.

According to military council’s restrictions, two men cannot ride a motorcycle together, a man cannot ride behind a woman, a woman can ride behind a man, and two women can ride a motorcycle together.

However, motorcycle riding is allowed between 4:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., and it is prohibited between 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.

A resident said that the military council, which could not arrest the revolutionary forces, banned motorcycle riding to make it difficult for people to travel.

A resident said that because the military council could not arrest the revolutionary forces, they have banned motorcycle riding as a hindrance to people’s movement.

Most locals in Paung Township rely on motorbikes for social, economic, health, education, and family support, and the military council’s restrictions have only worsened their situation.

If law enforcement officials detect the two men riding together on a motorcycle, they will be arrested and charged under Section 188 of the Penal Code, according to the military council.

According to Section 188 of the Penal Code, if found guilty, he or she may be sentenced to one month without labor, a fine of K 20,000, or both.

Since coup, a local order was issued in Kyaikto, Belin, Paung, and Ye Township to prohibit two males from riding motorbikes together, and martial law was imposed in Ye Township.

News-Than Lwin Times


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