Myanmar frees political prisoners, re-arrests some

The military government that rules Myanmar is reportedly releasing over 5,600 political prisoners, who were detained in the protests that hit the country after the military's coup in February.

That's according to its state-run television.

Video obtained by Reuters shows a release from one prison, but local activists and media reports say some of those people freed were quickly arrested again - something which couldn't be verified.

The prisoners are said to include politicians and journalists.

The military government has released prisoners several times since the coup.

The U.N. has welcomed the news, but says the military isn't releasing prisoners out of a change of heart - but because of international pressure.

The military government says it is committed to peace and democracy.

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