Solo protestor U Aye Win, who was arrested after staging a demonstration on August 24 in the Irrawaddy town of Bassein, was released by township officials late last night.

U Aye Win told DVB in an interview today that he had been held and questioned at the township peace and development council office by local authorities and the special police.

News of U Aye Win’s detention spread through the city immediately after his protest as the police who arrested him took him to the council office on a motorbike, giving him the opportunity to wave a poster saying ‘High petrol price make life difficult for the people’, at everyone he passed.

“If it is beneficial and right for the people, I will not hesitate to protest. The people and justice are on our side,” U Aye Win said.

“Those who were arrested in similar ways to me should be released.”