'The Lady" goes on trial in Burma

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  1. Sailor

    Sailor Regular Member

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    Burma's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been spending the past few days inside Insein Prison - and her trial is being watched with concern by the international community and fear and apprehension inside the country. All foreign journalists are barred from Burma - so our correspondent in Rangoon must remain anonymous - for his own safety.

    There are very few people in Burma willing to talk to a stranger about politics, let alone Aung San Suu Kyi.

    Across this country she is spoken about in hushed tones and even then only referred to as "the lady" in English.

    She became an icon of the pro-democracy movement more than two decades ago, but has spent 13 of those years locked up under house arrest.

    Security outside her home at 54, University Avenue Road, is normally tighter than a military base, but in the last few days it has been possible to drive past and even film, as the "lady" has been moved to Insein Prison outside Rangoon.

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    Good luck Aung San Suu Kyi,
     
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  3. Sailor

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    I know that it was only a no account Aussie that put this post up this morning, but here it is again because only 2 members looked at it twelve hours ago.
    I think this brave lady deserves better than that.
     
  4. Auberon

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    I read it in the newspaper mate.

    And my personal view, which is probably incorrect given my limited knowledge of how stuff works in the top echelons of power , is that India should have supported a pro-democratic govt. in Myanmar, and even now should exert pressure on the Junta upto and including covert and if needed as a last resort , which probably will be, given the junta's disposition, military ops to restore democracy there. Its a military junta govt., its right in our backyard, its sucking up to China, and most importantly, its screwing up the people in a way that makes Mugabe look benevolent, it is our responsibility to do more than the pathetic little we'v done so far.

    Off topic btw, my maternal great-grandpa was a bigamist Burmese resident, I still got cousins there :blum3:
     
  5. dave lukins

    dave lukins Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

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    The poor Lady has spent the last 13 years under house arrest and this guy , John Yettaw, has not helped her cause one iota. He even gave her a bible. That could end up being a very 'expensive' book. We can all protest but Burma has deaf ears when it come to internal affairs. They know that the World is watching, they will be condemned if rough justice is seen as licentious to the outside world...We must wait and see. I also wonder how the Americans will react to one of their citizens being held and sentenced.
     
  6. Sailor

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    Before I was married, I used to take out a brown Burmese girl with black shiny hair down to her waist.

    How about that American guy that swam over to her house. What did he do Dave?

    And [gasp] a Bible, how horrible!
     
  7. Sailor

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    Elder statesmen call for Suu Kyi's release
    Tue May 26, 2009 4:39pm IST

    LONDON (Reuters) - A group of former world leaders and Nobel peace laureates called on Tuesday for the release of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

    The group, known as the Elders and founded by South Africa's Nelson Mandela, said their fellow group member Suu Kyi should be freed on Wednesday as her latest 6-year period of house arrest is due to expire.

    The group's chairman, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, said Suu Kyi was a symbol of hope for her nation and the world.

    "We are moved by her courage and dignity. She shows the same steel as Nelson Mandela, who endured 27 years in prison. Like him, she has right and goodness on her side," he said in a statement released during a meeting of the group in Morocco.

    Suu Kyi's trial for violating the terms of her house arrest entered its second week on Monday. The Nobel Peace laureate, 63, had been due for release on Wednesday after 6 years under house arrest, but was re-arrested earlier this month following an uninvited visit to her house by a U.S. citizen.

    Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said: "Aung San Suu Kyi is a hero for those who believe in human rights and democracy."

    The Elders, who are meeting in Marrakech, kept an empty chair for Suu Kyi, as is usual at their meetings.

    The Elders urged governments in South East Asia to make it clear to Myanmar's leaders that their actions were jeopardising the legitimacy of elections due in 2010, the statement said.
     
  8. Pintu

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    I agree with Auberon here, and I personally believe Government of India should support a Democratic Government in Myanmar rather than a Military Junta and same way press release for the Popular Mass Leader who is under house arrest. Same way our backyard became a playground for PRC.

    Regards
     
  9. Auberon

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    Transcript of the Channel 4 News article on the detention and trial of Aung San Suu Kyi, 26 May 2009.

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  10. dave lukins

    dave lukins Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

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    I see Pres. Obama has voiced his opinion......President Obama called on Tuesday for her "immediate and unconditional" release.....and I agree with him 100%. She was unaware of the 'visit' and only found out when her assistant told her.
     

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