Saturday, November 13, 2010

Freedom for Aung San Suu Kyi!

The terms of her most recent house arrest expired today, November 13.
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is free.
Released after years of house arrest by the military junta. Voices of Burmese are to be heard loudly today as AASK finally came to the end of her house arrest and gets back to liberty. But a liberty controlled by the junta's sponsored new "civilian" government.

Appearing outside her home in Rangoon where Aung San Suu Kyi and Nobel Peace Prize winner has been detained, all detention included, for nearly 15 years, she told thousands of her supporters they had to "work in unison" to achieve their goals. The decision to free the 65-year-old comes six days after the political party supported by the military government won the country's first election in 20 years.

Here is the report of the BBC correspondent in Burma: "The ecstatic crowd swelled to three or four thousand before Ms Suu Kyi, in a traditional lilac dress, finally appeared, about 30 minutes later, on a platform behind the gate of her compound. She took a flower from someone in the crowd and placed it in her hair. Ms Suu Kyi then tried to speak, but was drowned out by the noise of the crowd, many singing the national anthem and chanting her name repeatedly. "I have to give you the first political lesson since my release. We haven't seen each other for so long, so we have many things to talk about. If you have any words for me, please come to the headquarters tomorrow and we can talk then and I'll use a loud speaker," she joked. "There is a time to be quiet and a time to talk," she added. "People must work in unison. Only then can we achieve our goal." She then went back inside her home for the first meeting with NLD leaders in seven years. She also spoke to her youngest son, Kim Aris, who was awaiting her release in neighbouring Thailand. Ms Suu Kyi had two sons with late husband, British scholar Michael Aris. International leaders were quick to welcome Ms Suu Kyi's release."

How Ms Suu Kyi plans her future career as a politician for which she has sacrificed so much is now the question everyone asks but she already answered partially to this question in her first comment made from her house-gate. One can remember the fate of of Nelson Mandela, who also spent decades in jail, during the Apartheid of South Africa and became the first president of a new democratic South Africa.

Also quoted here is the RTL Report:

Sources: RTL, BBC, Agencies, Reporter's Notes.

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