ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) _ Police released Alberto Alderete, a student leader, and Marcelino Medina, an organizer of rural workers, after five weeks of detention under emergency powers, the men's relatives said.

The relatives told Radio Nanduty on Friday that both Medina and Alderete, who were arrested during a May Day demonstration, were physically exhausted due to intermittent hunger strikes.

The men were held without charge and without access to legal counsel under a state of siege that has been in effect in Paraguay since a coup brought President Gen. Alfredo Stroessner to power in 1954.

Their relatives said they were released Friday.