Prisons across Vietnam on Monday started releasing inmates who have been granted amnesty ahead of the National Day this year.
A total of 18,539 inmates, including 34 foreign nationals will be freed.
Thanh Nien reporters have captured the happy moments of inmates when they were granted amnesty and when they were united with families.
Inmates at a prison in Hai Duong Province attend a ceremony to announce the amnesty decisions on Monday morning. The man at the right end of the front row is Doan Van Vuon, a fish farmer who was sentenced to five years imprisonment in 2013 for laying mines and firing homemade guns at police attempting to evict them. Vuon's brother Doan Van Quy, next to him, is also freed this holiday.
Doan Van Vuon, in dark gray shirt, meets his family after being released on Monday morning.
Nguyen Thi Huyen, 38, and her one-year-old son Nguyen Ngoc Kha during the ceremony at the Hoang Tien Prison. Kha was born in prison.
Inmates at a prison in Binh Thuan Province receive their amnesty decisions on Monday morning.
A woman carries her daughter after being released from a prison in Hanoi.
A woman cries when seeing her sister after being released from a prison in Hanoi. She holds the amnesty decision in her hand.
A man reunites with his wife after being released from a prison in Hanoi.
Inmates at a prison in Binh Thuan Province rejoice in their release.
Inmates at a prison in Binh Thuan Province enjoy their last meal together on Sunday evening.
The last meal of inmates at a prison in Binh Thuan Province on Sunday evening before their release.