YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma has begun releasing more then 6,300 prisoners but has held back on freeing some prominent political prisoners.

The releases began around the country Wednesday morning after President Thein Sein issued an amnesty for 6,359 prisoners a day earlier.

Burma Political Prisoners

Family members of Burma prisoners stand behind barricades as they wait outside Insein Prison in Yangon Wednesday. Pic: AP.

The freedom of political detainees had been eagerly awaited as a major gesture by the new elected government to show its dedication to liberalization after decades of harsh military rule.

A complete list of those freed is not yet public, but relatives were able to confirm the release of at least some of the country’s estimated 2,000 political prisoners.

However, the sister of famous former student leader Min Ko Naing was told he was not on the list of those to be freed.