Sunday, November 14, 2010

Burmese Dissident Tells Crowd Not to Give Up Hope

New York Times
November 14, 2010

One day after being freed from house arrest, Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, addressed a wildly cheering crowd of thousands of supporters Sunday, saying she was listening to their needs and telling them not to give up hope.

“The basis of democratic freedom is freedom of speech,” she said in remarks reported by news agencies.

Her freedom and her immediate return to her political struggle set her on a path to a possible confrontation with the generals who had confined her to her home, out of the public eye, for 15 of the past 21 years.

“Democracy is when the people keep a government in check,” she said. “I will accept the people keeping me in check.”

Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi, 65, urged her supporters to be politically active, saying, “You have to stand up for what is right.”