Courageous Myanmar Pro-Democracy Leader Is Freed From Prison

The military government of Myanmar has at long last freed pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was met at her home by thousands of cheering supporters.

Amazingly, Suu Kyi has been jailed or kept under house arrest by the ruling junta for more than 15 of the past 21 years, largely due to her outspoken critiques of the military regime and its poor human rights record.

From the AP:

The release from house arrest of one of the world's most prominent political prisoners came a week after an election that was swept by the military's proxy political party and decried by Western nations as a sham designed to perpetuate authoritarian control.

Critics allege the Nov. 7 elections were manipulated to give the pro-military party a sweeping victory. Results have been released piecemeal and already have given the junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party a majority in both houses of Parliament.

The last elections in 1990 were won overwhelmingly by Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party, but the military refused to hand over power and instead clamped down on opponents.

Read more at the AP.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at November 13, 2010, 4:58am