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Send in the SAS.

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The British are a shell of themselves, nobody fears them anymore

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Watch what happens now! Time to learn some manners.

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As much as I can sympathize with the feelings over how the British should send in the SAS or their Super Troopers... I can, say with almost certainty, that this will not happen.

There are other factors at play here which keeps that Military Junta in power...

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 like most of the country's independent media, is forced to operate underground because of tight controls imposed by the military government.

The above would be dream-come-true for the anti-west/ anti-democracy zealots that point to 'something they call the media' to blame for most problems. Given how corrupt and inept most authoritarian regimes are, it's good to read that a free underground media exists in Myanmar and underground networks are still able to get information and perspectives out that differ from the regime's.

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When charges aren't published within 24 hrs for every person detained, you know it is a dictatorship. An average citizen should be allowed to walk in and sit inside a courtroom and watch every case that day. If not, there's a huge visibility/oversight problem.

Authoritarian govts are afraid of outside and inside visibility for their dastardly acts.

Transparency for what our govts do is key to a functioning democracy. It is also the best way to have authoritarian govts overthrown.

Ref: https://warontherocks.com/2022/08/to-defeat-autocracy-weaponize-transparency/

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Another day, another military dictator tries to out do other dictators.

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Today 06:20 am JST

When charges aren't published within 24 hrs for every person detained, you know it is a dictatorship.

While I will not argue that Myanmar isn't a dictatorship as it clearly is, I will point out that this country we live in called Japan detains people without charges for 23 days, you are not permitted to contact anyone for several days in most cases, you cannot have a lawyer present during questioning, etc...

So the 24 hr thing would make Japan and a few other places dictatorships

Basically most of what you wrote applies to Japan's legal system and it may be flawed but I wouldn't call Japan a dictatorship or authoritarian.

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When charges aren't published within 24 hrs for every person detained, you know it is a dictatorship. 

According to the UK government's own website (www.gov.uk/arrested-your-rights/how-long-you-can-be-held-in-custody) "You can be held without charge for up to 14 days If you're arrested under the Terrorism Act." OK, but that's terrorism. In principle, police are only allowed to hold a suspect without charge for 24 hours. But then this may be extended, depending on the circumstances, up to a maximum of 96 hours detention without charge.

So, by theFu's curious reasoning, the UK would be a dictatorship. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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Some countries have a right to "quick justice". There's a saying, "justice delayed is justice denied." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justice_delayed_is_justice_denied

Of course, there are exceptions - flight risks, terrorism, leaders of others who would cause harm to others ... but access to a lawyer shouldn't be denied. But all of those would clearly allow charges and arrest, so the charges and actual arrest would be in public records available to all.

Many US States have a 72 hour limit for charges, so my 24 hr limit doesn't fit there either. The US Constitution says "speedy trial and public trial" in the 6th Amendment, but doesn't specify a time limitation.

Japan Constitution Article 37:

Article 37. In all criminal cases the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial tribunal.


What "speedy" means isn't specified. I suspect 14 days wasn't the intention.

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