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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2709

Aung San Suu Kyi - Burma’s independent leader’s House arrest extended

By Leel Pathirana

Colombo, 28 May, (Asiantribune.com): Despite the heavy devastation caused by the recent Cyclone Nargis, which hit the country from top to bottom and left 134,000 people dead or missing, Myanmar's Military junta leaders yesterday extended yet by another year, the house arrest of the opposition leader, Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.Aung San Suu Kyi has spent more than 12 of the last 18 years in detention.Aung San Suu Kyi has spent more than 12 of the last 18 years in detention.

This act was condemned by the Western nations who promised millions of dollars in aid after people killed by the cyclone.

The officials of the junta drove to Suu Kyi’s lakeside house in Yangon and read the one year extension of the house arrest, despite the strong resistance by her supporters who gathered outside her compound. However, a Yangon-based diplomat said the extension of the house arrest was for a year. Normally House arrest extension used to be renewed annually.

Most political analysts earlier expected Suu Kyi to be released. The extension of the house arrest is a timely reminder of the ruling military's refusal to make any concessions on the domestic political front, despite its grudging acceptance of foreign help after the May 2 cyclone.

The 62-year-old Suu Kyi, who’s the leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) won the landslide victory during the parliamentary election held on 1990, but the junta refused to hand over her the power. She has spent more than 12 of the last 18 years in detention.

In Colombo, yesterday May 27, Myanmar Student Buddhists Monks led a protest in front of the Myanmar Embassy, holding the portrait of their jailed independent leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her late father Gen. Aung San, who led the country’s Independence and urged the military Junta to accept the international aid for cyclone victims and release all political prisoners immediately.

- Asian Tribune -

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