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Inmates Charged with Inciting Riots

21 February 2014

Thirty inmates have been charged following a riot at Pyinmana Prison in central Burma last Saturday, reports The Myanmar Times. Police Major Than Myint from Pyinmana Township in the Naypyidaw Union Territory said the prisoners who allegedly incited the unrest will face eight charges each. The riot erupted on Feb. 15 after prisoners started a fire with clothes and newspapers, apparently in response to the shouts of an accused murderer who said that he was being mistreated by wardens. It took more than 100 police personnel and members of the local fire brigade four hours to bring the situation under control. After the unrest, 178 of the prison’s 282 inmates were transferred to Yamethin Prison. Police blamed the riot on overcrowding.

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