FROM THE DVB NEWSROOM
Former political prisoners, members of the People’s Defense Force (PDF), and anti-coup activists organized an online support protest for political prisoners on hunger strike at Monywa Prison in Sagaing Region on Sept. 11.
Fifty prisoners reportedly joined the hunger strike inside Monywa Prison started by 14 political prisoners on Sept. 8 following a search operation conducted by the regime. All personal belongings were confiscated. “It is important that we continue to monitor the prison and support the political prisoners,” said a politician in Monywa.
Thike Tun Oo, the spokesperson for the All Myanmar Political Prisoners Network, told DVB that political prisoners are being denied access to medical care and demand the return of confiscated belongings.
Among those on hunger strike is Wai Moe Naing, an anti-coup protest leader from Monywa. He was sentenced to 52 years in prison on charges that include high treason, incitement, and unlawful association.
Thike Tun Oo said that there has been a rise in threats against political prisoners since General Myo Swe became Director-General of the regime’s Prison Department in August. “He rules the prisons like a military target. We can clearly see the oppression,” he added.