Saturday, 13 November 2010

Finally Free

Still a force to be reckoned with... Aung San Suu Kyi
Today is a day of celebration for Burma/Myanmar with the release of Aung San Suu Kyi after seven-and-a-half years of house arrest.

She was triumphantly greeted by her admirers and supporters at the front gate of her house that was previously blocked by police. Someone handed her flowers and she put them in her hair, a symbol that she's back.

In the grainy video footage she looks the same, a bit older, but still her graceful yet fiesty self.

The jubilant crowd was so noisy that reporters who were there said they could hardly hear her even though they were up close to her. They were singing the national anthem, cheering and chanting. Finally the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was able to say a few words.

"Than you for welcoming me like this," she said. "We haven't seen each other for so long, I have so much to tell you." She promised she would have more to say tomorrow at the headquarters of the National League for Democracy which had to disband if it was not going to stand for the elections that were held only a few days ago.

"We must unite!" she said. "If we are united we can get what we want."

Her lawyer, U Nyan Win confirmed she was free, ending speculation that she was released with conditions. There were earlier reports she would not accept any conditions on her freedom. Now everyone is waiting to see how the military treats her as she seems determined to return to her political activities.

So far there has been no word if her youngest son, Kim Aris would be granted a visa to visit her.

He and his brother were brought up by their father Michael, who died in 1999, unable to fulfill his dying wish to see Suu Kyi in Myanmar. She was afraid that if she left the country to see him in the UK she would not be allowed back in.

 Hopefully Aris will be reunited with his mother finally. If the military junta have the guts to free her, surely she can see her son.

1 comment:

  1. a word of advice, the military would take any little excuse to put her back in jail. i would suggest she lay low and take a back seat. a good example is bin laden.