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Aung Suu Kyi Finally Breathes Air of Freedom
For Aung San Suu Kyi, former general secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD), winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, and former pro-democracy activist in Myanmar (formerly called Burma), the tortuous journey to freedom, finally came to an end on Saturday, November 13. Suu Kyi, finally breathed air of freedom, after serving 18 months under house arrest because of her push and clamour for the enthronement of democracy in Myanmar.
There had been speculations that the authorities in Myanmar might not effect her release, especially after the Supreme Court in the country, rejected her appeal for freedom. The crowd of about 600 people who gathered outside her home on Saturday, indeed, did not have their hopes of seeing their leader and mentor dashed. Their joy knew no bounds, as police reomoved barricades around the pro-democracy activist.
The move comes after Sunday's general elections, which however, saw the military backed party win the country's first election in 20 years. It is speculated that the military government forsees her influence in the governance of the country would be weak even after her release, since a democratic government, though backed by the military would be in place.
Meanhwile, several commendations for the longsuffering and determination of Kyi have not seized pouring in. President Barack Obama of the United States, US, has described her as: "a hero of mine".
For Kyi, it's sweet freedom. The next few days, would have clear the fog over what the next political move of the 65-year-old mother would be.
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Events Before Kyi's Release
"Aung Suu Kyi Finally Breathes Air of Freedom" is an update on "Aung Suu Kyi's Appeal for Freedom Rejected", published, November 11, 2010, as below:
Aung Suu Kyi, 65, notable opposition politician and former general secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD), in Myanmar (formerly called Burma), and winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, may now have to spend more years under house arrest.
The Supreme Court in Myanmar has rejected her appeal against her house arrest, which is expected to expire on November 13. The release of Kyi, who has been subjected to several house arrests since 1989, over her role in the struggle for democracy in Myanmar now hangs in the balance.
Kyi was first placed under house arrest on July 20, 1989, under martial law, which allowed for the detention of an individual without charge or trial for up to three years. Though released in July 1995, she was again put under house arrest on September 23, 2000, for 19 months.
Her latest 18-months house arrest started on August 11, 2009, for "violation", and outcome of the May 2009 trespass incident in Myanmar. Kyi had allowed an American man who swam to her house to stay for two days. The military in Myanmar, however, termed her gesture as "violation".
In spite of the court's decision, Kyi's lawyers are expectant that she would gain her freedom at the expiration of her 18 months detention, which expires on Saturday.
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