Nov 15, 2010


Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi seeks opposition unity in address to huge crowd

  • Nov 15, 2010
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  • A great opposition Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi wasted no time returning to the political platform that kept her confined for 15 of the past 21 years.
    she told thousands of supporters in Rangoon on Sunday that she understand what the people want.  The crowd chimed in with her together, “It’s democracy!” 

    "Please keep your energy for us. If we work together, we will reach our goal," she told a sea of followers outside her party headquarters, suggesting years of isolation have not weakened her stance against military rule.

    She also added that she wanted to hear the voice of the people before deciding her course of action, following a controversial election a week ago in which the military government's political proxies have claimed a landslide win.

    Suu Kyi, an internationally admired symbol of peaceful resistance, was freed on Saturday after her latest seven-year stretch of detention, a move greeted with jubilation by her followers and welcomed by world leaders.

    A huge crowd gathered outside the Yangon headquarters of Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) for the speech and she initially struggled to make her way through the crush of people.

    Supporters filled the street outside, some carrying banners saying: "We love Suu".

    Wearing a dark blue longyi - Myanmar's sarong-like traditional dress - Suu Kyi said that she had been treated well during detention and had "no grudge" against the authorities.

    Thousands of her supporters had already greeted Suu Kyi with huge cheers and applause on Saturday as she appeared for the first time outside her lakeside home following her release.

    Attention is focused on whether she can reunite the divided opposition after an election widely criticised by rights activists and the West as a sham to prolong military rule behind a facade of democracy.

    Suu Kyi's party boycotted the vote, a decision that deeply split the opposition. Some former members of her party bolted to stand in the poll, prompting accusations of betrayal from some of her closest associates.

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