WHAT A GREAT DAY– A DEMOCRATIC HEROINE IS LIBERATED!
The junta in Burma released democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi today after 15 years of home arrest.
Suu Kyi will speak to supporters on Sunday.
Myanmar’s military government freed its archrival, democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, on Saturday after her latest term of detention expired. Several thousand jubilant supporters streamed to her residence.
A smiling Suu Kyi, wearing a traditional jacket and a flower in her hair, appeared at the gate of her compound as the crowd chanted, cheered and sang the national anthem.
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“If we work in unity, we will achieve our goal. We have a lot of things to do,” she told the well-wishers, who quickly swelled to as many as 5,000. Speaking briefly in Burmese, she said they would see each other again Sunday at the headquarters of her political party.
The 65-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate, whose latest period of detention spanned 7 1/2 years, has come to symbolize the struggle for democracy in the Southeast Asian nation ruled by the military since 1962.
Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, left, smiles after she received flowers from her supporters as she stands at the gate of her home Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010 in Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar’s military government freed its archrival Suu Kyi on Saturday after her latest term of detention expired. The man on her right is Nyan Win, spokesman of her National League for Democracy. (AP/Khin Maung Win)