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Activists, journalists included in Myanmar prisoner release

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Posted at 7:56 AM, Jun 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-30 20:44:56-04

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar’s government has begun releasing about 2,300 prisoners, including activists who were detained for protesting against the military’s seizure of power and journalists who reported on the protests. Buses took prisoners out of Yangon’s Insein Prison, where friends and families of detainees had waited since morning for the announced releases. The head of the Yangon Region’s Prison Department confirmed that more than 720 people were released from the prison, which for decades has been the main facility for political prisoners. State media showed prisoners being released in other places around the country, and more are expected to be released over several days.