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Vietnam frees 15,446 prisoners

<p>Freed inmates walk past uniformed policemen while they are being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. Vietnam has freed 15,446 prisoners on the occasion of its National Day, with the exception of political dissidents. REUTERS/Kham</p>

Freed inmates walk past uniformed policemen while they are being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. Vietnam has freed 15,446 prisoners on the occasion of its National Day, with the exception of political dissidents. REUTERS/Kham more

Freed inmates walk past uniformed policemen while they are being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. Vietnam has freed 15,446 prisoners on the occasion of its National Day, with the exception of political dissidents. REUTERS/Kham

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<p>Vietnam's Vice Minister of Public Security General Le Quy Vuong chats with inmates before their release from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham</p>

Vietnam's Vice Minister of Public Security General Le Quy Vuong chats with inmates before their release from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

Vietnam's Vice Minister of Public Security General Le Quy Vuong chats with inmates before their release from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

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<p>Policemen (center row) keep watch as inmates wait before being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham</p>

Policemen (center row) keep watch as inmates wait before being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

Policemen (center row) keep watch as inmates wait before being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

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<p>Policemen keep guard as inmates wait before being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham</p>

Policemen keep guard as inmates wait before being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

Policemen keep guard as inmates wait before being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

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<p>Inmates wait before being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013.  REUTERS/Kham</p>

Inmates wait before being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

Inmates wait before being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

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<p>Policemen (center row) keep watch as inmates wait before their release from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013.  REUTERS/Kham</p>

Policemen (center row) keep watch as inmates wait before their release from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

Policemen (center row) keep watch as inmates wait before their release from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

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<p>Policemen stand guard as inmates wait before being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham</p>

Policemen stand guard as inmates wait before being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

Policemen stand guard as inmates wait before being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

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<p>A policewoman guards as inmates wait before being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham</p>

A policewoman guards as inmates wait before being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

A policewoman guards as inmates wait before being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

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<p>Inmates wait before being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham</p>

Inmates wait before being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

Inmates wait before being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

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<p>Inmates wait before being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. V REUTERS/Kham</p>

Inmates wait before being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. V REUTERS/Kham

Inmates wait before being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. V REUTERS/Kham

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<p>Female inmates walk while being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham</p>

Female inmates walk while being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

Female inmates walk while being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

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<p>Police escort a man who is being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham</p>

Police escort a man who is being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

Police escort a man who is being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

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<p>A man leaves his prison uniform on a stool amongst other discarded prison uniforms during his release from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013.  REUTERS/Kham</p>

A man leaves his prison uniform on a stool amongst other discarded prison uniforms during his release from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

A man leaves his prison uniform on a stool amongst other discarded prison uniforms during his release from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

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<p>A man takes off his prison uniform while he is being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham</p>

A man takes off his prison uniform while he is being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

A man takes off his prison uniform while he is being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

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<p>A policeman stands guard as people wait for their relatives, freed inmates, at Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013.  REUTERS/Kham</p>

A policeman stands guard as people wait for their relatives, freed inmates, at Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

A policeman stands guard as people wait for their relatives, freed inmates, at Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

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<p>A former inmate hugs his son during his release from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013.  REUTERS/Kham</p>

A former inmate hugs his son during his release from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

A former inmate hugs his son during his release from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

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<p>A former inmate hugs his son during his release from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013.  REUTERS/Kham</p>

A former inmate hugs his son during his release from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

A former inmate hugs his son during his release from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

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<p>A woman (C) cries as she hugs her relative who has been released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham</p>

A woman (C) cries as she hugs her relative who has been released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

A woman (C) cries as she hugs her relative who has been released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

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<p>A former inmate is greeted by his relative after he is released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013.  REUTERS/Kham</p>

A former inmate is greeted by his relative after he is released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

A former inmate is greeted by his relative after he is released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

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<p>People wait for the release of their relatives at Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham</p>

People wait for the release of their relatives at Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

People wait for the release of their relatives at Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

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<p>A former inmate is greeted by his relatives after he was freed at Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013.REUTERS/Kham</p>

A former inmate is greeted by his relatives after he was freed at Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013.REUTERS/Kham

A former inmate is greeted by his relatives after he was freed at Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013.REUTERS/Kham

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<p>Former inmates run after their release from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013.  REUTERS/Kham</p>

Former inmates run after their release from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

Former inmates run after their release from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

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<p>Freed inmates wash their faces while they are being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013.  REUTERS/Kham</p>

Freed inmates wash their faces while they are being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

Freed inmates wash their faces while they are being released from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

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<p>A former inmate is greeted by his mother after his release from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham</p>

A former inmate is greeted by his mother after his release from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

A former inmate is greeted by his mother after his release from Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

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<p>Inmates look on from behind a barred window of a cell as they wave to released inmates at Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham</p>

Inmates look on from behind a barred window of a cell as they wave to released inmates at Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

Inmates look on from behind a barred window of a cell as they wave to released inmates at Hoang Tien prison, August 30, 2013. REUTERS/Kham

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