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Burma Releases Prominent AIDS Activist


Burma's military government has released a well-known AIDS activist and opposition party member who was arrested more than one month ago.

Phyu Phyu Thinn says authorities freed her late Monday. She says she had gone on a week-long hunger strike while in detention to demand a trial or be set free.

In May, Phyu Phyu Thinn was arrested along with 51 other activists for participating in a rare public gathering to protest the house arrest of Burma's pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Burmese government released the other activists last week. It has not said why it held Phyu Phyu Thinn in detention longer.

Aung San Suu Kyi has spent 11 of the past 17 years under house arrest. Her political party, the National League for Democracy, won elections in 1990, but the government has never accepted those results.

Burma has been ruled by the military since 1962.

Information for this report is provided by AP and Reuters.

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