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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Burma's ray of hope: Aung San Suu Kui's release

Aung San Suu Kui is such an inspiring woman. Being a woman in Burma is already difficult, but being a leader and fighting for a position in Burmese government on top of that seems almost impossible. Yet, she has many followers, those who are hungry for a free and democratic Burma...

The Burmese military authorities released the pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, from house arrest in August of lst year. Appearing outside her home in Rangoon, Ms Suu Kyi told thousands of jubilant supporters they had to "work in unison" to achieve their goals. The Nobel Peace Prize winner has been detained for 15 of the past 21 years. US President Barack Obama welcomed her release as "long overdue". UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Ms Suu Kyi was an "inspiration", and called on Burma to free all its remaining political prisoners.

Ms Suu Kyi, 65, was freed after her latest period of house arrest expired and was not renewed by the military government. Her release comes six days after the political party supported by the military won the country's first election in 20 years. The ballot was widely condemned as a sham.

 What is to become of Burma? 

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