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March 12, 1985

Uruguay's new civilian government freed nearly 200 political prisoners from more than a decade in military jails. The 173 men and 20 women, freed under a compromise amnesty agreement, were cheered and embraced by relatives and supporters as they left prisons in Montevideo and at Libertad, 60 miles north. The amnesty was approved Friday by Congress and signed by President Julio Sanguinetti, who took office March 1, ending nearly 12 years of rightist military dictatorship.

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