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Burma Releases Five Dissidents


Burma's state-run media say it has released five activists detained without charges for protesting against the military government.

The official "New Light of Myanmar" newspaper said today that four members of Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party, the National League for Democracy, along with a tax protester, were released Friday.

The four were detained in May after holding prayer vigils for the release of Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest.

Local officials were quoted as saying the group was freed after being "educated."

The military has virtually no tolerance for any organized group outside its control. Political rallies are banned and protests are strictly curbed in Burma.

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