Aung San Suu Kyi Released

Posted by Grey Sunday, November 14, 2010

Taking a break from our typically cynical undead self, we have received a breaking news that Myanmar's democracy icon, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been released earlier today.

And if you simply have no idea just who in the hell is Aung San Suu Kyi, you probably shouldn't be here. And if you are here already, but is only to check out the latest Call of Duty: Black Ops news or some bizarre-but-real reports, then we are hereby telling you to know more about human rights and true democracy in a depraved land. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (Daw is an honorific in Burmese), the recipient of the the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, is a modern day icon of Democracy, sentenced under detention by the ruling Junta government of Myanmar for most of the time in the last two decade. She had swept her party to sweeping victory in elections held some two decades ago, but was never allowed into power but was instead imprisoned by the ruling generals.

The above art was produced by Shepard Fairey, creator of OBEY GIANT, created to, in Shepard's own words, "to raise awareness of her on-going house arrest and the oppressive nature of the military regime ruling Burma", back in 2009.

The below are excerpt from ChannelNews Asia.

Myanmar's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi walked free Saturday after seven years as a prisoner in her own home, calling on a sea of jubilant supporters to unite in the face of repression.

Waving and smiling, the Nobel Peace Prize winner appeared outside the crumbling lakeside mansion where she had been locked up by the military rulers, to huge cheers and clapping from the waiting crowds.

"We must work together in unison," she told thousands of waiting people, suggesting she has no intention of giving up her long fight for democracy in what is one of the world's oldest dictatorships.

Many people hugged each other with joy at the sight of the 65-year-old dissident, known in Myanmar simply as "The Lady". She wore a pale purple top and appeared in good health after her latest stretch of detention.

"I'm so glad to see her in person, but she looks older than before. The last time I saw her was in 2002," said one supporter, Htein Win.

Suu Kyi asked the crowd to come to her party's headquarters at noon on Sunday to hear her speak after she struggled to make herself heard over the roar of cheers, then went back inside her home as the crowds lingered outside.

World leaders were quick to welcome her release, with US President Barack Obama hailing her as "a hero of mine" and said it was time for the Myanmar junta to free all political prisoners.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said her release was "long overdue", while French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned any restrictions on her freedom would "constitute a new unacceptable denial of her rights".

Although she has been sidelined and silenced by the junta -- occasionally released briefly only to be put back in confinement -- for many in the impoverished nation she still embodies hope of a better future.

"I think of her as my mother and also my sister and grandmother because she's the daughter of our independence leader General Aung San," said 45-year-old Naing Naing Win. "She has her father's blood."

Despite the risks of opposing the military regime in a country with more than 2,200 political prisoners, many supporters wore T-shirts bearing her image and the words: "We stand with Aung San Suu Kyi."

Undercover police were photographing and filming the crowds.

Source: ChannelNews Asia


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