Fifty prisoners jailed for their role in anti-government protests were released Monday while two journalists were set free Tuesday

Nicaragua has released dozens of political prisoners under a new law that frees people arrested amid a year of anti-government protests while also protecting police and others who violently clamped down on the demonstrations.

Fifty prisoners jailed for their role in anti-government protests were released on Monday, while on Tuesday two journalists who were arrested in December were set free.

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