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    Aung San Suu Kyi detained again

    She's been imprisoned. She has been under house arrest by the Burmese government for her pro-democracy efforts for over ten years.

    An American swam across a lake to visit her and she has been charged with violating the terms of her imprionment.

    BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | Western outcry over Suu Kyi case



    Aung San Suu Kyi returned to Burma in 1988 to take care of her ailing mother. By coincidence, in the same year, the long-time leader of the Socialist ruling party, General Ne Win, stepped down, leading to mass demonstrations for democracy on 8 August 1988 (8-8-88, a day seen as auspicious), which were violently suppressed. On August 26, 1988, she addressed half a million people at a mass rally in front of the Shwedagon Pagoda in the capital, calling for a democratic government. However in September, a new military junta took power. Later the same month, the National League for Democracy (NLD) was formed, with Suu Kyi as general secretary.

    Influenced by both Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence and by more specifically Buddhist concepts, Aung San Suu Kyi entered politics to work for democratization, helped found the National League for Democracy on 27 September 1988, and was put under house arrest on 20 July 1989. She was offered freedom if she left the country, but she refused.

    One of her most famous speeches is the "Freedom From Fear" speech, which begins:

    It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.


    [ame]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aung_San_Suu_Kyi[/ame]
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    Re: Aung San Suu Kyi detained again

    I love this quote

    Everyone is very angry with this wretched American. He is the cause of all these problems. He's a fool.
    Not beating around the bush at all. I wonder why the guy did such a wierd and stupid thing. I haven't heard a reason for it yet

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    Re: Aung San Suu Kyi detained again

    Quote Originally Posted by Kernel Sanders View Post
    I love this quote



    Not beating around the bush at all. I wonder why the guy did such a wierd and stupid thing. I haven't heard a reason for it yet

    He has visited her before. My guess is he is a journalist.

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