Myanmar military
File photo shows Myanmar's military at a checkpoint manned with an armoured vehicle in a road leading to the parliament building Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Image Credit: AP

Naypyidaw: Myanmar will free more than 7,000 prisoners to mark the 75th anniversary of its independence from Britain, the junta said on Wednesday, without specifying whether the amnesty would include those jailed as part of a crackdown on dissent.

"Altogether 7,012 prisoners will be pardoned to mark the 75th anniversary of Independence Day," junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun told AFP.