Myanmar’s military government on Saturday released more than 23,000 Prisoners, including three political prisoners, on the occasion of the traditional New Year. At the same time, the military leader, the main source of the coup in February, said that he will attend the regional conference later this month. It is not clear whether the pro-democracy activists arrested to protest the coup are among those released.
Government broadcaster MRTV said that Junta chief senior general Min Og Helang has released 23,047 prisoners, including 137 foreigners, and will be sent out of Myanmar. He has also reduced the punishment period of other people. The action of the security forces is on the protesters who are demanding the reins of the country back to the elected government. There are reports in social media that three people were killed in Mogok city on Saturday.
According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, which keeps an account of the arrests and casualties in the country, 728 demonstrators and civilians have been killed by the security forces since the coup. The group says 3,141 people are in custody, including the country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi.