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Two Burma Dissidents Freed in Mass Prisoner Release


Two senior pro-democracy leaders have been freed in military-ruled Burma's latest mass prisoner release, affecting more than 5,000 detainees.

Senior Democracy Party member U Htwe Myint and party chairman U Thu Wai, both in their 70s, were released from Rangoon's notorious Insein prison Sunday.

There was no word whether other political detainees were among the 5,070 prisoners being freed at 41 jails across the country.

U Htwe Myint and U Thu Wai were jailed in 1995 for distributing anti-government pamphlets. They founded Burma's Democracy Party in 1988.

During the past month, the Burmese junta has freed more than 14,000 prisoners and admitted they were wrongly detained in the past.

Some information for this story provided by Reuters and AFP.