More than 23,000 prisoners from prisons across the country were released, but most of them were jailed ahead of the February 1 coup.
Myanmar’s military rulers ordered the release of 23,184 prisoners from prisons across the country on New Year’s amnesty, a Ministry of Prison spokesperson said, although very few, if any, homes Democratic activities arrested since the February 1 coup are expected to be among them.
Saturday is the first day of the traditional New Year in Myanmar and is the last day of a five-day holiday, often held with visits to Buddhist temples, water-throwing and street parties.
Pro-democracy activists call for this year’s festivities to be canceled and people to focus instead on the campaign to restore democracy after the military overthrows the Nobel Prize winner Aung’s elected government San Suu Kyi.
On Saturday, thousands of anti-military protesters took to the streets in Mandalay, the country’s largest city, demanding a restoration of democracy, according to photos and reports posted on social media.
Despite the pouring rain, thousands of people still marched in Shan State to denounce the military.
While the military has freed thousands of prisoners, they are also looking for 832 on orders related to the demonstrations.
Aung San Suu Kyi was among the 3,141 people arrested in connection with the coup, according to a tally by the Political Prisoners Support Association (AAPP) working group.
“These were mostly arrested before February 1 but there were also some who were jailed afterwards,” Prison Department spokesman Kyaw Tun Oo told Reuters by phone.
When asked if any of those released may have been detained in connection with protests against the military regime, he said he had no details about the grace orders. amnesty.
More warranties are issued
Among those that the military is seeking to arrest are several online celebrities, actors and singers who have spoken out against the coup, wanted on charges of encouraging dissent in armed forces.
Two of them, the couple of film director Christina Kyi and actor Zenn Kyi, were detained at the airport in Yangon’s main city on Saturday as they were trying to leave the country, by some means media reports.
A military government spokesman did not respond to calls seeking comment.
Zayyar Lwin, Paing Ye Thu, Paing Phyo Min aka Dee Yay’s #PeacockGeneration is one of more than 23,000 prisoners released today on Myanmar’s New Year after they finish their terms.
Welcome back, friends of us.
More comrades for the revolution!
– Thinzar Shunlei Yi #WhatshappeninginMyanmar (@thinzashunleiyi) April 17, 2021
Myanmar has been in crisis since the coup, which the military defended on allegations of fraud in the November election won by Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, though the electoral commission has denied the protest.
The now dismissed government has held power for its first five years of civilian rule since nearly half a century of military rule ended.
According to the latest AAPP figures, citizens angry at the return of the military regime took to the streets to demand a restoration of democracy, despite crackdowns by security forces, of which 728 were killed. network, according to the latest AAPP figures.
Political leaders, including dismissed members of parliament, announced the creation of a National Unified Government (NUG) on Friday, including Aung San Suu Kyi and leaders of protests against coups and ethnic minorities.
NUG says they are legitimate political bodies and has called for international recognition.
The military government has yet to comment on the unity government but has said it will hold a new election within two years and give power to the winners.
The extremely famous Aung San Suu Kyi faces a variety of charges, including violating the Official Secrets Act which could put her in jail for 14 years. Her lawyers denied the allegations.
Her supporters suspect the military will use the charges to exclude the country’s leader and perhaps her political party from any future elections.