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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar junta executes 4 democracy activists

Dead had been convicted of breaking country's counterterrorism law

Myanmar’s military authorities have executed four democracy activists including former lawmaker and hip-hop artist Phyo Zeya Thaw. (File photo in 2016 by Ken Kobayashi)

(Reuters) -- Myanmar's military junta on Monday said it had executed four democracy activists accused of helping to carry out "terror acts" in the Southeast Asian nation's first executions in decades, sparking widespread condemnation.

Sentenced to death in January in a closed-door trial, the four men had been accused of helping militias to fight the army that seized power in a coup last year and unleashed a bloody crackdown on its opponents.

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