Myanmar junta frees 2,000 detainees
Myanmar freed more than 2,000 detainees on Wednesday, among them journalists and others who the ruling military said had been held on incitement charges for taking part in protests, local media reported.
The release was described by some activists as a ploy by the ruling military to divert attention from an ongoing security crackdown.
The army has been under pressure from western countries and Myanmar’s neighbours to release thousands of people detained during protests since it ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1.
Many of the military’s opponents have been held, some convicted, under a law that criminalises comments that could cause fear or spread false news.