Burmese Military in Gesture of "Loving Kindness"

23 09 2008

The Burmese Military, in an act the describe as one of “loving kindness”, released  one of Burma’s most prominent political detainees, Win Tin, after 19 years in detention.

He was apparently one of 9,000 detainees reported to have been given amnesty by the military. Now 79 years old, Win Tin was among the founders of the National League for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi. The NLD party won elections in 1989, but was prevented from taking power by Burma’s generals.

On being released Win Tin vowed, “I will keep fighting until the emergence of democracy in this country.”

Announcing the releases The Myanmar Times, a state-censored newspaper in Rangoon, said the military government was releasing 9,002 prisoners as a gesture of “loving kindness and goodwill”.

Still under house arrest is Aung San Suu Kyi herself, who has been in jail or under house arrest for most of the last 19 years.