15.07: Insein prison releases so far (source – Weekly Eleven news journal):
Win Aye (member of All Burma Federation Students’ Union)
Aye Thi Khing (female, imprisoned for meeting with ILO in Mae Sot about low workers’ salary in 2005)
Aye Chan (female, imprisoned for meeting with ILO in Mae Sot about low workers’ salary in 2005)
Yin Kyi (female, imprisoned for meeting with ILO in Mae Sot about low workers’ salary in 2005)
Than Than Htay (female, imprisoned for meeting with ILO in Mae Sot about low workers’ salary in 2005)
Aung Moe Lwin (National League for Democracy youth member)
15.54pm: Monk Ashin Thondara, jailed for 30 years in 1988, has been released from Mandalay’s Obo prison, as have three National League for Democracy (NLD) members.
Other names we’ve seen (source – Weekly Eleven):
Shwe Htoo (Taunggyi prison), Win Maw (Sittwe prison), Ko Ko Gyi (Buthidaung prison), Lin Lin Maw (Shwebo prison).
17.37pm: Assistance Association for Political Prisoners – Burma (AAPPB) has counted 118 political prisoners released so far.
17.26pm: News in from Weekly Eleven. Six of the 448 prisoners freed from Kalay jail are political prisoners. They are:
Myint Naing (human rights activist, originally from Henzada, Irrawaddy. Arrested in 2007)
Myo Gyi (originally from Tamwe, Rangoon)
Thein Lwin Oo (originally from North Okkalapa, Rangoon. Jailed for meeting with ILO in 2005)
Aye Cho (originally from Pyawbwe, Mandalay)
Min Aung (originally from Taunggok, Arakan)
Aung Aung (member of the armed Chin National Front)
17.00pm: Still no sign that influential leaders of the 88 Generation Students’ Group (such as Min Ko Naing and Ko Ko Gyi) will be released. Sister of Min Ko Naing, who earlier confirmed his name was not on the release list, said: “We are used to these ups and downs”.
Reuters reporting that around 300 political prisoners have been released.
Zarganar, released comedian: “I don’t feel good because my heart is heavy with the knowledge of those who continue to be kept behind bars … Based on my current experiences I dare not think changes are real and big this time either … the release of prisoners was just a sprinkle – way too little…” (Weekly Eleven)