Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese democracy icon, has been released

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Opposition Aung San Suu Kyi, the symbol of the struggle for democracy in Myanmar, was released Saturday after spending seven years under house arrest, said a Burmese official on condition of anonymity.

Officials broke into her home around 17.00 local time to read the release order issued by the junta, the day ended and the last sentence of 18 months of surveillance at home.

Nobel Peace Prize winner, regarded by some as the only solution to the junta in power, emerged smiling from the bars of his home, just minutes after he learned about the order of release.

Wearing a flower in her hair which had been thrown from the crowd, she uttered a few words in front of delirious supporters, most of his statements are covered by the crowd shouts and applause.

“We must work together in unison for the country’s future, she said.

“If you want to hear me, please come to the office tomorrow at noon” National League for Democracy (NLD) party has dissolved his entire struggle led to the emergence of the Burmese political scene in 1988.

“It is free now,” said a Burmese official to AFP, a few minutes earlier, while the police remove the barriers installed at the old family house that has been isolated for so long.

Daughter of General Aung San, the hero of Burmese independence, she spent over 15 of the last 21 years in detention, the junta constantly finding a reason to close it after each release. She has never freely circulated in May 2003.

After waiting patiently but unsuccessfully Friday in her neighborhood and the NLD headquarters, his supporters began to gather Saturday morning to witness this historic moment. Many of them wore shirts with the image and the slogan “Together with Aung San Suu Kyi.”

The first reaction came immediately from European capitals, especially London, who estimated that his release would have to take place “a long time ago.” Paris, enjoying the news, junta warned against “any violation of its freedom of movement or expression.”

President Barack Obama welcomed the release of “heroine”, urging all political prisoners be freed in the country to themselves. Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), of which includes Myanmar, said he, in turn, “relieved.”

The West has strongly criticized in recent months the military’s refusal to release Aung San Suu Kyi before the election on Sunday, the first in the last 20 years, after which the party that supports the junta claimed about 80 percent of the seats even before the official results.

Keeping her in custody during the campaign, General Than Shwe, the junta leader, has eliminated most powerful enemy on the electoral scene, after defeat in 1990.

Suu Kyi and the NLD had won a landslide victory during the elections in question. But the junta refused to comply with these results, but the opposition has put forward each time to justify its legitimacy as the main opponent of the military.

Even if her supporters continue to see in it the only hope for democracy in a country ruled by the military for half a century, its position is still weak.

NLD boycotted the last election and was dissolved by the junta, the democratic opposition, leaving divided and exhausted. Some of its leaders left the party to found the National Democratic Force (NDF) and participate in elections.

Aung San Suu Kyi will have to learn again to know a country that was virtually isolated. She will find that wearing short skirts young Burmese, mobile phones or small music scene in Yangon.

She has not seen his two children, who live in Britain for almost ten years and has decided not to go to the bedside of her husband dying in 1999 for fear that it will not be able to return to Myanmar.

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Posted by S.Keslar on Nov 13 2010. Filed under Featured News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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