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Jan 3, 2008 (DVB), Commodity protester Ko Htin Kyaw and two other activists held in Insein prison have ended their hunger strike, according to family members of the detainees.
Htin Kyaw, Myo Thant of the Human Rights Defender and Promoters network and university student Ko Zin Linn Aung are now starting to eat again, said Myo Thant's sister Ma Thi Thi Soe, who visited him on Monday.
Htin Kyaw began his hunger strike on 30 November 2007 to demand the release of all political prisoners, and ended it on 31 December, while Myo Thant refused food from 10 to 25 December.
Zin Linn Aung also started his hunger strike on 10 December, but resumed eating earlier than the others as his health was deteriorating.
Ma Thi Thi Soe said that Myo Thant had lost a lot of weight during his protest.
"My brother's weight has now dropped from 159lb to 138lb," she said.
Both Myo Thant and Htin Kyaw have been charged by the government under section 505(b) of the penal code for instigating public unrest.
Ma Thi Thi Soe said her brother would defend himself in court against these charges.
Htin Kyaw’s family members said they had not been allowed to visit him since 26 December, when his wife saw him, though they have been able to deliver food and items to him through prison officials.
Insein prison was unavailable for comment.
Reporting by Aye Nai