Myanmar Military Releases Over 2,000 Anti-Coup Protesters From Prison

The military in Myanmar has released over 2,000 protesters, as well as journalists, from prisons across the country on June 30, while thousands more remain detained.

The military released a total of 2,296 detainees, most of whom were charged with incitement for joining anti-coup protests, Military Spokesperson Major General Zaw Min Tun told local news website The Irrawaddy.

“They took part in protests but not in leading roles. They didn’t participate in violent acts,” the spokesperson said.

The Irrawaddy reported that six journalists were also released from prison, including Myanmar Now reporter Ma Kay Zon Nway whom the military arrested while she was covering a protest in the city of Yangon last February.

Myanmar Now reported that prisoners who were already convicted and sentenced were not among those who were released.

According to human rights group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), the military has detained 6,421 people since the Feb. 1, which means that over 4,000 political prisoners remain in prison.

“Today’s events intend to make it seem there has been a relaxation in the junta’s repression. This is not the case. In fact, the junta is planning to detain and torture even more civilians. The people who remain in prison will be tortured more severely than those released. It is a continuation of the campaign of fear,” AAPP said in a statement.

AAPP also reported that the military has at least  killed 883 protesters.

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