Myanmar Students Who Protest In New Zealand Threatened With 'Punishment' By Embassy

Myanmar Students Who Protest In New Zealand Threatened With 'Punishment' By Embassy

The Myanmar Embassy has threatened Myanmar students in New Zealand with "punishment" if they don't declare their loyalty to the country's new military rulers.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet

A small group of Myanmar citizens in New Zealand have received a letter from the embassy in Canberra demanding they confirm they have not participated in the civil disobedience movement against the military junta that took control of the country in a February coup.

A student in New Zealand, who spoke to Stuff on the condition of anonymity, says the threat has made her fearful for both herself and her family back in Myanmar as she has publicly protested against the military junta in New Zealand.

The two-page letter, which Stuff has seen, demands students confirm by July 7 that they have not been involved in the protest movement or had contact with anyone who has participated in the movement. It says they are prohibited from posting on social media about the military coup.

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