Some male protesters were struck with fists and batons, she said, but several officers stopped their colleagues from hitting the women. After their personal details were recorded at a local sports stadium, the detainees were taken to Insein prison, a colonial era compound notorious for torture. They are the latest generation of thousands of political prisoners to experience its filthy conditions.
Hnin shared her cell with 80 inmates and countless mosquitoes. As crackdowns intensified outside, more women were thrown in, particularly from Yangon’s poorest areas of Hlaingthaya and Shwepyitha, where security forces have unleashed relentless violence.