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Myanmar’s government grants amnesty to 1,600 prisoners to mark new year

1,600 prisoners in Myanmar were pardoned. Political prisoners and protesters not included.

Where: Myanmar

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The rulers of Myanmar have released around 1,600 prisoners, marking the Buddhist new year.
Political prisoners and protesters were not included among the released; instead, the authorities have elected to free only petty criminals and those arrested on minor drugs charges.
Crowds amassed outside the Insein prison on Sunday in anticipation of friends and family being released.
Among the detained are the ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her Australian economic adviser, Sean Turnell.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government was ousted in a military coup, sparking major protests.

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