Assistance Association for Political Prisoners says that Myanmar military has detained more than 200 political prisoners since coup

According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoner (AAAP), the Myanmar military has detained 200 prisoners since staging the coup and overthrowing the democratically elected government.  

A statement from AAAP stated that As of February 9, a total of (262) people have been arrested and detained in relation to the military coup on February 1. Of them, (2) were sentenced to two years imprisonment and (21) were released. A total of (241) are still under detention, including the (2) sentenced. 

More than half of those detained are from the National League for Democracy (NLD). 

The party’s chairwoman, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and vice-chairs, President U Win Myint and Mandalay chief minister U Zaw Myint Maung, and nearly 50 senior NLD figures, including senior members and Union ministers, are among the detainees. At least 80 party members were also taken into detention by the military in the first nine days after the coup. A majority of the arrested NLD leaders and members were re-elected in the Nov. 8 general election. 

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