Receiving New Year's Amnesty, Myanmar Military Junta Releases 23,184 Prisoners

UMMATIMES - Myanmar's military junta released 23,184 prisoners from prisons across the country on Saturday (17/4/2021) for obtaining a New Year amnesty.

This was conveyed by a spokesman for the Myanmar Correctional Institution Department, as reported by Reuters, Sunday (18/4/2021).

Nonetheless, only a handful of pro-democracy activists who have been arrested since the coup have been among those released.

Saturday is the first day of traditional New Year in Myanmar and the last day of a five-day holiday that is usually marked by visits to Buddhist temples and water festivals and partying on the streets.

Suu Kyi was among 3,141 people arrested in connection with the coup, according to data from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).

"These (released) detainees were mostly arrested before February 1, but there were also some who were imprisoned after that," Prison Department spokesman Kyaw Tun Oo said by telephone. He said he had no details of the offenses that resulted in them being jailed.

Among those released are 137 foreigners, who will be deported, Myanmar's military junta government television reported. Unfortunately there is no detailed data and details of the countries of the 137 foreigners who were also released.

The AAPP said the military continued to arrest and detain 832 people in connection with anti-military government protests against the legitimate government under Aung San Suu Kyi's leadership.

Among them are more than 200 people, including several actors, singers and cyber celebrities (celebrities), who have spoken out against the coup. They are held on charges of encouraging dissent in the armed forces, which carries a three-year prison sentence.

The military junta's state media announced the names of 40 other detained people, 20 of them doctors, on Saturday.

News website Irrawaddy said film director Christina Kyi and her husband, actor Zenn Kyi, had been detained at Yangon airport when they tried to leave on a flight to Bangkok, although later said they had been released.