• Sunday, Nov 29, 2020
  • Last Update : 10:33 am

Prison riot in northern Myanmar leaves four dead

  • Published at 10:45 pm May 9th, 2019
Prison department officers arrive to enter Shwe Bo prison after a riot at the prison in Sagaing region on May 9, 2019 AFP

Prison department director Min Tun Soe said the riots were triggered over the inmate anger at not being included in the amnesty

Four prisoners were killed during a riot at a northern Myanmar jail, officials said Thursday, coming on the heels of an amnesty which saw more than 6,000 inmates released - including high-profile Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo.

The unrest at Sagaing region's Shwe Bo prison began on Wednesday evening, said chief minister Myint Naing.

"They were demanding for equal rights. They became anarchic," he said, adding that everything was now "under control."

Myint did not say how the prisoners died.

Military spokesman Zaw Min Tun said border affairs officials were called in to "control" the situation.

"We heard there was some shooting," he said, adding that there were also reports of unrest in jails in Karen and Kachin states. 

The violence in Shwe Bo comes days after more than 6,000 people were freed in the latest round of presidential pardons - part of an annual prisoner amnesty granted by Myanmar President Win Myint.

According to local newspaper Eleven Media, prison department director Min Tun Soe said the riots were triggered over the inmate anger at not being included in the amnesty.

In total, 23,000 prisoners were released in three rounds of pardons since April 17.

The majority of those released are usually serving time for petty drug crimes, but Tuesday's release included Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were jailed after reporting on the Rohingya crisis in northern Rakhine state. 

Myanmar has freed thousands since a military junta ceded power in 2011 after five decades of brutal repression. 

Former prisoners have denounced conditions in Myanmar's overcrowded prisons as abysmal.

blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail