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Myanmar frees 300 dissidents

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 01:08

Oct.1 - Myanmar releases at least 300 political prisoners including prominent dissidents in a sign that the reclusive state is beginning to open up. Simon Hanna reports.

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Political prisoners held in Myanmar walk free on Wednesday. At least 300 were released by the reclusive state, including several prominent dissidents, the most famous of which was this man - comedian Zarganar arrested in 2008. As he leaves prison he vows to continue his comedy act. Others released also say they won't change their ways after their time behind bars. (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) RELEASED PRISONER KO YIN TUN: "Even after spending over six years in jail I'm not sorry for what I've done in politics at all. It's the duty of every citizen to be involved in politics. I will not give up being involved in politics." Myanmar, which is showing signs of opening up after half a century of iron-fisted rule, has previously released dissidents only to detain them again. But recent moves, including more dialogue with pro democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi suggest times may now be different. Its thought 1,800 political prisoners remain behind bars. Simon Hanna, Reuters.

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Myanmar frees 300 dissidents

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 01:08