Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Day Inmyanmar as Military Rule Gives Way, Eyes on the Prisoners

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

New Day Inmyanmar as Military Rule Gives Way, Eyes on the Prisoners

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Myanmar's new government, installed through elections in November, has begun spring housecleaning by beginning to free the country's political prisoners.

The first wave freed were students, jailed more than a year ago for protesting modifications by the then military government to higher education that the students saw as infringements on academic freedom. Their public complaints, supported by Buddhist monks, were deemed anti-government protests and they were imprisoned. The new government, headed by President U Htin Kyaw and led by Aung San Suu Kyi, newly named state counselor acting as an equivalent prime minister, has made the freeing of political prisoners its leading item of business.

Ms. Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy triumphed with 77 percent of the vote in what were relatively free elections. …

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