Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi freed in Myanmar
November 13, 2010
(ChattahBox World News) — Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been freed as expected by military authorities from her house, on Saturday morning. The 65-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has been detained for 15 of the past 21 years, was sentenced this time to 18 months of house arrest for harboring an American John Yettaw, who swam across a lake to sneak uninvited into her lakeside compound. A large crowd of supporters gathered in anticipation, wearing T-shirts that declare “We stand with Aung San Suu Kyi,” and carrying pictures of the democratic activist. Suu Kyi, 65,a living symbol of the country’s struggle against military oppression, has been released twice before, in 1995 and 2002, but in both instances she was soon returned to house arrest. Her release this time comes six days after the political party supported by the military government won the country’s first election in 20 years. The election was widely condemned as a sham.