In Myanmar, during the New Year, the military regime has pardoned more than 23,000 prisoners. The detainees in the country’s prisons are almost certainly not critics of the regime. At least 3,100 people were arrested and imprisoned in protests against military coups in recent months.
137 foreigners were also pardoned; they were deported.
Today is the first day of the Burmese New Year, which usually ends the five-day festival. This year, opponents of the regime asked Burmese people not to celebrate and instead focus all their attention on restoring democracy and freedom and releasing political leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Before February 1
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice told Reuters: “Most people who received the amnesty had been in jail before February 1 this year.” “But some people were detained after that.” He did not provide more details.
On February 1, the army seized power in Myanmar and Suu Kyi was deposed. Since that date, there have been large-scale street protests, and the police have gradually begun to suppress them. Human rights groups say that at least 700 protesters were killed.
This is the second time that the military government has released thousands of prisoners. Also on February 12th, Unity Day, the military summit showed goodwill. Then, about 23,000 detainees were also released.
According to a political prison aid organization led by displaced Burmese, arrest warrants have been issued for 800 people in Myanmar, citing their role in the protests.