After a long of waiting after an announcement that a total of 2342 pro-democracy protestors (1882 men, 460 women) would be released from prisons across Myanmar on June 31. 721 inmates: 590 males and 131 females were released from Yangon's Insein Central Jail.  

Underneath article shows how the day unfolded.

Hundreds of prisoners released in Yangon, Myanmar

A woman, who’s among 100 people gathered outside Yangon’s Insein prison, prays as she waits, and hopes to see her loved one freed. The Myanmar army is set to release some 2,000 prisoners across the country, and around 700 prisoners from Yangon's Insein jail, prison chief Zaw Zaw told Reuters. It's not clear whether any of the thousands of political prisoners detained since the Feb. 1 coup will be among them.

Waiting to see released loved ones from the morning

Officials from Yangon’s Insein jail - where some 700 prisoners are set to be freed - start setting up barricades outside the premises. They have also locked the main gate to the prison Country-wide, some 2,000 people set to be freed from today.

Some 200 people have now gathered outside #Yangon’s Insein jail. Most found out on social media that the Myanmar army is releasing over 2,000 prisoners. One mum we spoke to, said she came at 5am to wait

Family members waited outside Insein Prison in Yangon on Wednesday as reports spread that the regime planned to release some of those arrested for their anti-junta activism.

This may be a case of false alarm at #Yangon’s Insein jail as it’s police - not prisoners - exiting the premises But the crowd heard a police officer saying “you’ll be happy soon enough. You won’t need to wait overnight

Crowd outside Insein jail in Yangon starts to thin out. Despite plans to free 700 prisoners today, there’s still confusion on how they’ll be freed. Some say prisoners will be dropped off at their townships instead of freed on site. Officials are not confirming

The release of prisoners from Insein Jail, Yangon starts

One prisoner - who was JUST freed from #Yangon’s Insein jail - reunites with his loved one Many stood in the sun, rain the entire day to wait for 700 prisoners to be freed

Myanmar Now reporter Kay Zon Nway was one of the 700 ++ people who got released from Insein prison on Wednesday evening. She was arrested while covering anti-coup protest in Yangon on late February.

Political Prisoners continue to be released from Yangon's Insein Prison until late at night.

Jul 1, 2021