Aung San Suu Kyi Released!!!

From CNN

Myanmar’s ruling military junta released democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest Saturday to a throng supporters trying to reach out and shake her hand.

“I’m very happy to see you all again,” she told the crowd gathered near her lakeside home in Yangon.

More supporters waited at the headquarters of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has spent 15 of the past 21 years under house arrest for her dogged opposition to authoritarian military rule in the nation formerly known as Burma.

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Suu Kyi Is Actually Going To Be Released?

Ed. Note: I smell another farse in the works here. Yes, maybe she’ll be released, but the junta in Burma is surely watching, and waiting, for her to stand up again. Soon as that happens, it’s back to house arrest, or worse, in a state run prison.

From NPR

An ally of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said an order for her release has been signed by Myanmar’s ruling generals, as hundreds of supporters gathered Friday at her political party headquarters and near her residence in anticipation.

Suu Kyi’s house arrest officially ends Saturday, but rumors swept Yangon that she might be freed as early as Friday. Riot police with assault rifles were seen near Suu Kyi’s house as about 200 supporters gathered at a nearby barbed-wire barricade.

Jailed or under house arrest for more than 15 of the last 21 years, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate has become a symbol for a struggle to rid the Southeast Asian country of decades of military rule.

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64 Words for Aung San Suu Kyi

I took a moment to write my 64 words in support of Aung San Suu Kyi, you should too!

The Lady once said “Please use your liberty to promote ours.” It’s time the world use that very liberty she spoke of to free Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma, enough is enough. Her non-violent struggle is awe inspiring and reminiscent of greats such as Gandhi and MLK. We owe her this moment and much more. Free Aung San Suu Kyi.

Plan offers aid to free Burma’s prisoners

From The Washington Post

The United Nations has embarked on a strategy to entice Burma’s generals to free more than 2000 political prisoners, including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, by offering them more development money.

According to senior UN officials, special envoy Ibrahim Gambari has proposed that nations offer Burma financial incentives to free the prisoners and to open the country to democratic change. In the months ahead, the UN leadership will press the Barack Obama’s administration to relax US policy on Burma to open the door to a return of international financial institutions, including the World Bank.

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Sole Myanmar protester demands activists’ release

From The Associated Press

A lone demonstrator staged a silent protest in front of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party headquarters Saturday demanding the military government free all student activists as the country celebrated its National Day.

The holiday commemorates a boycott by Yangon University students 88 years ago in defiance of British colonial rule, a protest that inspired Myanmar’s independence movement.

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International Condemnation of Harsh Prison Sentences

From Irrawaddy

The United Nations and the United States strongly condemned Burma’s military regime on Wednesday for imposing prison sentences of up to 65 years on 39 pro-democracy activists early this week, and urged the junta to immediately release all political prisoners.

“The secretary-general is deeply concerned by recent reports of sentences and severe prison terms imposed in connection with the peaceful demonstrations of last year in Myanmar [Burma],” said Marie Okabe, deputy spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

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Undeterred: The people’s desire

From Mizzima News

In an effort to prevent yet another peoples’ uprising, Burma’s military government has stepped up security measures, ordering police forces to remain overnight at local ward administrative offices, sources said.

A Secretary of a Township Peace and Development Council (TPDC) office in Mandalay, Burma’s second largest city, said at least two policemen have been ordered to stay overnight at every local ward administrative office since the beginning of September.

“In our township there are several ward offices, and at every office at least two policemen have been kept overnight to keep watch since September 4,” the Secretary told Mizzima on Saturday.

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Breaking News: Buddhist monks begin a new demonstration in Burma

From Now Public
by mettacara

About 50 Buddhist monks gathered to begin a new demonstration in Sittwe , Rakkhine State r at around 2 pm on September 13th. But they were broke up by the security forces while they were gathering at Way Thar Lee stadium. I could not confirm how many were arrested. Buddhist monks led a massive pro-democracy demonstrations on 18th of September 2007. The military opened fire on the demonstrators on 26th of September and many monks and people were killed.

Burma regime allows Suu Kyi to receive mail

From The Guardian

Concessions come amid concerns at Nobel peace prize winner’s hunger strike in protest at long detention

Aung San Suu Kyi refused food deliveries for three weeks.

Burma’s junta has relaxed some restrictions placed on the country’s democratically elected opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, her lawyer said today.

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