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EXPLAINER: Myanmar using martial law to 'legitimize' tactics

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YANGON – Myanmar’s ruling junta on Monday imposed martial law in parts of the country’s biggest city, a day after at least 38 people were killed in the bloodiest crackdown yet on resistance to last month's military coup.

NOT THE FIRST RESTRICTIONS After the Feb. 1 coup that ousted Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government, the military declared a nationwide state of emergency and gave itself broad powers.

It also put in place similar but milder restrictions to martial law in dozens of townships across the country. Those earlier measures used Section 144 of the penal code and the main impact was a ban on gatherings of more than five people — which was generally ignored — and an 8 p.m.

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