November 17, 2021
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Myanmar to free over 5,000 political prisoners | News | DW

Myanmar will release a total of 5,636 prisoners jailed for protesting the coup that ousted the civilian government, the head of the country’s military junta said Monday. 

Min Aung Hlaing said he would free dissenters as part of the Thadingyut festiveal on October 20.

The junta chief said Monday he was committed to peace and democracy after the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) excluded him from a summit on October 26-28.

What has Myanmar’s leader said?

Min Aung Hlang, who led the February 1 coup, said his government had its own five-stage plan to restore democracy in Myanmar.

He blamed the National Unity Government (NUG) and armed ethnic “terrorist groups” of trying to sabotage ASEAN attempts to help resolve the crisis.

“No one cares about their violence, and is only demanding we solve the issue,” said Min Aung Hlaing, adding that “ASEAN should work on that”…

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