Protest At Main Myanmar Prison Due To COVID-19

A protest erupted at a prison in Yangon, Myanmar’s commercial capital, over what activists described as a worsening COVID-19 outbreak at the jail, which houses opponents of the military coup.
In the Southeast Asian country, where people across the country demonstrate daily against military rule, Friday’s protest was one of the first of its kind since the February 1 coup.
Residents posted videos on Facebook of protest chants heard from inside the colonial-era Insein Prison early recently.
Put an end to the dictatorship! This is our cause! Demonstrate, protest! Start now! The revolution has begun! We must prevail!” the call-and-response chant went.
An activist group based in Thailand, Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), said the protests began in the women’s detention block and were supported by prison staff. Reports could not be verified immediately by the press.
Myanmar Prison Department Deputy Director Chan Nyein Kyaw told state-run news outlet Myawaddy that a riot broke out in the prison. “We negotiated and accepted the prisoners’ demands and requests.”
The military had recently entered the prison compound and confiscated staff weapons, according to the AAPP.
Zaw Zaw, the prison spokesperson, declined to comment on the protest and the report of military intervention. The protest had been brought under control, he told local media. Zaw Min Tun, the military spokesperson, did not return calls.
Diplomats urged an end to the standoff.
“We urge the relevant authorities to resolve the situation peacefully and respect all detainees’ right to proper healthcare,” a group of diplomatic missions including Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and 9 European Union member states said in a joint statement on Facebook.”

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