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Burmese Opposition Repeats Call for Freedom for All Political Prisoners - 2005-01-04


Burma's main opposition party has used the occasion of the country's independence day to again call on the country's military government to free all political prisoners.

The National League for Democracy statement follows the release of more than five thousand Burmese prisoners on Monday. Three journalists and several NLD members were among those freed.

Burmese government officials say 5,588 prisoners were released as a humanitarian gesture, to mark Tuesday's anniversary of the country's 1948 independence from Britain.

Burma has released nearly 20,000 prisoners since early November. The government said those released earlier were arrested without sufficient cause by the country's now-defunct National Intelligence Bureau.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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