Myanmar junta forces beat prisoners over protest at detention centre in Ayeyarwady Region

Six months was also added to the sentences of those accused of playing a leading role in the unrest

A conflict that broke out inside Pyapon Prison in Ayeyarwady Region last Sunday resulted in a large number of prisoners being savagely beaten, according to sources familiar with the situation.

The incident occurred after a number of political prisoners protested the mistreatment of a fellow detainee who was being verbally abused by a prison guard, the sources said.

The situation soon escalated, prompting prison staff to make an emergency call for reinforcements, according to Thaik Tun Oo, a member of the Political Prisoners Network of Myanmar.

“When the riot started, there were only around 10 prison staff on duty,” he said, adding that the beatings began after the arrival of a military truck and three police vehicles at around 5pm.

“Around 10 gunshots were also fired, but no one was hit,” he told Myanmar Now.

The prison staff reportedly told the police and soldiers who came to provide support that. . .

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