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Burmese Activist Freed After Nearly a Month in Prison


Burmese activists say the government has released a pro-democracy advocate after nearly a month in detention.

They say Thwin Lin Aung was released Monday after being questioned about the activities of the American Center. The center is an education facility and library run by the U.S. embassy in Burma.

Activists say Thwin Lin Aung was arrested on March 5th as he prepared to leave the country on an international visitor program sponsored by the U.S. government.

Thwin Lin Aung is a former political prisoner who spent more than six years in prison for his involvement in a student protest in 1996.

The United Nations estimates there are at least 11,00 political prisoners in Burma.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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