Saturday, November 13, 2010

Freedom for Aung San Suu Kyi


Myanmar’s detained democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi greeted cheering crowds at the gate of her house, NBC News reported, after a release order was read to her by the authorities. However it was still unclear if she would accept any conditions of her release and whether she would talk to media, NBC News said.

Suu Kyi, whose latest term of detention was due to expire Saturday, could refuse to sign the release order, depending on whether conditions have been imposed.

Amid jubilant scenes, she told her supporters “we must work together in unison to achieve our goals,” according to a report by the U.K.’s Sky News.

The official, who demanded anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, spoke shortly after three official cars entered her compound.

Hundreds of supporters of the Nobel peace prize laureate had gathered outside her home and party office on Saturday, chanting for her freedom after seven years of detention by the country’s military junta.

Before her appearance, the crowd of about 1,000 people who were waiting near her lakeside house chanted “Release Aung San Suu Kyi” and “Long live Aung San Suu Kyi”. Some wore T-shirts emblazoned with messages pledging to stand with her.

Every time I see a bunch of people running around in silly hats carrying misspelled signs screaming about “Fascism” and threats to democracy because gay people want to get married in America, I think of this woman who has been held prisoner in Burma. It puts it all in perspective.