23,000 prisoners released in Myanmar
Published: 05:56 PM, 17 April 2021
Most of the detainees had been in custody since February 1; Photo: Reuters
Myanmar’s junta government has released 23,184 prisoners under a general amnesty on the occasion of the New Year, Reuters reported, citing a spokesman for the country’s prisons department.
Saturday is the first day of the traditional New Year in Myanmar. The last day of the five-day holiday is usually celebrated by visiting Buddhist temples and throwing water in the streets and partying.
Prison Department spokesman Kiao Tun Oo said “most of the detainees had been in custody since February 1”, but there were some who were later jailed. He did not say whether anyone detained during the protests had been released.
Meanwhile, the country's pro-democracy activists have called on people to avoid New Year’s celebrations this year. Instead, they called for a movement to restore democracy in the country.
Myanmar's military overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi’s government in a military coup on February 1.
The rights group, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (APP), said 3,141 people, including Suu Kyi, had been arrested in connection with the coup.