Myanmar's current government has said it will free more than 5,000 prisoners jailed for protesting against February's coup, where thousands were violently detained during demonstrations after military leaders seized power of the country. The coup leader, Min Aung Hlaing, said that prisoners would be released to mark the Buddhist holiday Thadingyut later in October. Among those who have been serving or facing trial, appropriate people will be given a pardon [for] the Thadingyut festival, the General said. This move comes days after Hlaing was excluded from an annual festival of regional leaders, on the grounds that the military had not done enough to end Myanmar's current turmoil. More than 2,000 anti-coup protestors were also released in July.

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