Myanmar Frees Hundreds of Anti-Coup Protesters
On Wednesday, Myanmar's military government released hundreds of anti-coup protesters from imprisonment, a rare conciliatory gesture from the military. The majority of those released were students that were detained at a protest on March 3.
They also released a journalist for the Associated Press, Thein Zaw, who was arrested last month while covering an anti-coup protest.
Anti-coup demonstrations have been ongoing in Myanmar for several weeks since the military staged a coup on Feb 1 and arrested the democratically elected officials. Police and military response has become increasingly violent and often lethal over the last several weeks as they try to stamp out all opposition.
With the increase in violent responses at public protests, protesters are now asking people to stay at home in a "silent protest" to the junta's control.
The protesters do not wish to return to military rule and demand the release and return to power for the democratically elected officials.
The democratically elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been under house arrest since the coup.
The military claims that there was widespread fraud in the election and uses that as justification for the coup.
Myanmar, which spent five decades under military rule, had recently undergone a democratic transition and elected Aung San Suu Kyi as leader as well as given the majority of the seats in parliament to Kyi's National League for Democracy Party.
Other nations, including the US, have condemned the coup saying that the outcome of the recent elections should be respected. President Biden also placed sanctions on Myanmar.
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