The Burmese government has lifted a ban on public gatherings of more than five people, according to Burma’s state-run Myanma Ahlin newspaper on Tuesday.
Order 2/88 was laid down in September 1988 on the day a military junta took power after crushing nationwide pro-democracy protests.
The order had declared: "Gathering or marching in processions and delivering speeches on the streets by a group of 5 or more people are banned."
A Peaceful Assembly Law was implemented in December 2011 to allow public protests. However, it was decreed that official permission to gather or march must be obtained in advance. Several cases have already arisen where protesters have been detained for not having permits, and several activists face lengthy prison terms if convicted.
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