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Political prisoners left in the dungeon while hundreds are freed under the military junta’s disguised amnesty; Myanmar

  • Fighting is widespread across the country despite the grandeur ceremony of the 75th Union Day, which marks an Independence from British Colonial. 
  • No political prisoners are released in the military junta amnesty 
  • Representatives from 24 countries attended the virtual Union Day ceremony by National Unity Government
  • Major ethnic armed organizations attended in the virtual ceremony of Union Day held by NUG. 

Yangon – On Union Day, which marks the 75th Anniversary of independence from British colonial rule in 1947, Myanmar’s military junta has released more than 800 prisoners from several detention centres across the war-torn country on February 12 2022. 

Despite mass amnesty for the prisoners on the big day, none of the political prisoners are included in the military’s disguised amnesty. The majority of the freed prisoners were jailed prior to the coup with criminal and drug offences. 

Earlier, Myanmar’s coup leader has announced a perpetual peace talk with ethnic armed organizations and political parties in the capital – Naypyidaw on the sideline of the Union Day ceremony. 

The junta said 11 members of ethnic armed organizations (Arakan Liberation Parsty, Democratic Karen Buddhits Army, KNU/KNLA Peace Council, Lahu Democractic Union, Lahu National Development Party, Restoration Council of Shan State, National Democratic Alliance Army, Shan State Political Pary, United Wa State Army and United League of Arakan, chairman of Doopala district of KNU and Zomi Revolution Army) who do no represent KNU) had attended the ceremony by invitation. 

Only five groups – (ALP, DKBA, KNU/KNLA – PC and RCSS) out of 11 signatories of Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) were seen attending the junta’s Union Day ceremony. 

On contrary, representatives from majority ethnic armed groups and representatives from fourteen countries had attended the virtual ceremony of Union Day organized by National Unity Government. 

Chindwin has learned Myanmar military junta has spent a massive bill on the ceremony – which is believed to be up to USD $5 million, which is equivalent to more than 5 billion in Myanmar currency. 

High-profile political prisoners, including Sean Turnell, an Australian economic adviser to State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi are not among those pardoned but left in the dungeon with no access to eternal visitors. 

The military junta’s grandeur commemoration of Union Day has included a colourful parade with the troupe on the ethnic dress and showing off the military might in Naypyidaw. 

Myanmar’s military coup has not only caused political chaos and fully returned the country to military rule but also led the country to widespread civil war. 

General Strike Committee (GSC) has reported it has been three days the political prisoners being held in the most notorious Insein prison in Yangon have started a hunger strike, citing an internal source within the Insein prison. 

At least four massacres have been committed by the military junta across Chin, Sagaing and Kayah region since the February 01 coup, with more than 1500 civilians killed so far, according to AAPP.

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