Myanmar to free 7,000 prisoners for Independence day

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Myanmar’s junta announced an amnesty for 7,000 prisoners to mark Independence Day on Wednesday, January 4, following a show of force in Naypyidaw days after increasing democracy figurehead Aung San Suu Kyi’s jail term to 33 years.

Swaths of the Southeast Asian country have been engulfed by fighting between junta troops and anti-coup rebels since the military seized power almost two years ago.

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