Prisoner killed, dozens wounded in Myanmar jail riot: junta

A prisoner was killed and greater than 60 wounded after a riot broke out at a Myanmar jail west of Yangon, the junta mentioned on Saturday.

Myanmar has been in chaos since Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian authorities was toppled in a navy coup in February 2021, ending the southeast Asian nation’s temporary interval of democracy.

The riot on the jail in Pathein began after guards confiscated a cell phone from an inmate on Thursday evening and took disciplinary motion, the junta mentioned in an announcement.

About 70 prisoners escaped from their cells and broken property on Friday morning.

Prisoners used sticks, bricks and items of cement to assault safety forces, the junta mentioned.

Authorities tried to convey the state of affairs underneath management however negotiations failed and so they resorted to power.

“The authorities fired weapons to interrupt up the group and convey the riot underneath management,” the assertion mentioned.

The junta mentioned one prisoner was killed “amid preventing” and 63 inmates have been wounded together with two police and 9 guards.

Native media described the lifeless inmate as a political prisoner and BBC Burmese mentioned he was on terrorism fees.

The junta flagged the launch of an investigation into the incident.

Final week, the junta introduced it might free greater than 7,000 prisoners to mark the seventy fifth anniversary of Myanmar’s independence from Britain.

Greater than 2,700 individuals have been killed for the reason that navy seized energy and greater than 13,000 persons are detained as a part of a crackdown on dissent, in response to a neighborhood monitoring group.

In July final 12 months the regime executed 4 prisoners together with former lawmaker Phyo Zeya Thaw and democracy activist Kyaw Min Yu — higher often called “Jimmy”.

It was the primary use of the dying penalty by the Myanmar state in round 30 years and sparked worldwide condemnation.

Human Rights Watch says Myanmar prisons are infamous for harsh situations and their alleged use of torture.

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