Myanmar to release 5,000 prisoners held over coup


Myanmar’s government has said it will free more than 5,000 prisoners jailed for protesting against February’s coup. Thousands of people were detained during bloody demonstrations after military leaders seized power. The coup leader, Min Aung Hlaing, said the 5,636 prisoners would be released for humanitarian reasons. It comes days after the general was excluded from an annual summit of regional leaders, who said the military had not done enough to end the turmoil. The Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) agreed to invite a non-political representative from Myanmar instead of Gen Min Aung Hlaing. At least 1,178 people were killed and 7,355 arrested, charged or sentenced during a crackdown on dissent that followed Aung San Suu Kyi being ousted from power, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.(BBC)…[+]