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Prominent Burmese Democracy Veteran Released From Prison

Burma's military regime on Tuesday released prominent democracy veteran Win Tin after holding him in detention for over 19 years.

He was released along with 9,000 other prisoners amnestied by the junta as a gesture of what state media described as "loving kindness and goodwill".

Soon after his release, the 79-year-old veteran told reporters that he would continue with his fight for restoring democracy in the southeast Asian country, and added that he does not accept the new military-backed constitution passed earlier in the year.

"I will keep fighting until the emergence of democracy in this country," Win Tin told reporters. "I will continue with politics as I am a politician."

Win Tin was one among the founders of the National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Aung San Suu Kyi, who is still under house arrest.

Soon after the formation of the NLD, the party won the national elections in 1989, but was prevented from taking power by Burma's military.

It is estimated that over 2000 political prisoners still remain in Burmese prisons over their differences with the ruling military regime.

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