Recent estimates suggest that more than 2,800 people have been arrested in Myanmar since the coup. 600 of them are now free. They took part in the protests against the military coup.
Yangon (AP) – Myanmar’s military junta released more than 600 arrested protesters on Wednesday. State television announced.
News portals “Myanmar Now” and “Eleven Myanmar” reported that they were mainly students previously held in police stations and prisons. A reason for the move was initially unknown. Meanwhile, the daily mass protests were suspended on Wednesday. Instead, the land sank silently – most people stayed at home, the streets were empty.
The released students took part in the protests against the military coup in early February. Photos showed they were on buses and celebrated by people on the side of the road. A journalist from the American news agency AP who was arrested last month is also free again. Thein Zaw notified his employers of his release by phone after a second court hearing, AP said.
At least 275 people have died since the coup, and more than 2,800 have been arrested, at least temporarily, by the AAPP’s latest estimates. For weeks, the police and the army have responded with widespread violence to the resistance.
At least five people were shot dead in Mandalay in the north of the country on Tuesday, including a seven-year-old girl sitting on his father’s lap, a resident of the German news agency said. Soldiers broke into the family home in Chanmyathazi district. There they would have aimed at the father, but hit the child in the stomach, wrote “Myanmar Now”.
In New York, the UN expressed “deep concern about the ongoing violence against children” and called for the protection of the lives of young people. According to estimates by the children’s aid organization UNICEF, at least 23 children have been killed and eleven more seriously injured since the coup.
On Wednesday, countless people in former Burma responded with a “silent attack” to the violence and the junta’s attempts to get the economy back on track. Most shops remained closed and the streets were mostly empty, even in Yangon’s largest city (formerly: Rangoon). “This is another way of fighting the military,” said Lin Aung of the Tamwe district of the German news agency. “I have a garage, but it’s closed today.”
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