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Aung San Suu Kyi released: Your reaction

11:04 UK time, Saturday, 13 November 2010

The Burmese pro-democracy leader has urged thousands of her supporters not to give up hope a day after her release from house arrest. What does this mean for the future of Burma?

Outside her NLD party headquarters in Rangoon, Aung San Suu Kyi told a crowd: "There is no reason to lose heart".

Aung San Suu Kyi had been detained for 15 of the last 21 years. The ruling military junta had restricted her travel and freedom to associate during previous brief spells of liberty, and demanded she quit politics.

Last Sunday, the political party supported by the military government won the country's first election in 20 years. The ballot was widely condemned.

What's your reaction to Aung San Suu Kyi's release? What does this mean for the future of Burma? Will this lead to greater democracy in the country?

Read reaction to the news from Burmese people here.


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  • Comment number 1.

    I'm sure this is an important event for all those interested in opening up Burma to the western world and its values. Perhaps we can now consider trade agreements, a supply of oil, a MacDo chain and a Formula 1 track in due course. Great news, whoever she is.

  • Comment number 2.

    I wept with joy at the news. But we must await details of the terms of release and Aung San Suu Kyi's reaction to those terms before we can know what it means for the future of Burma.

  • Comment number 3.

    I have to say " So What ?"

  • Comment number 4.

    When will she be re-arrested?

  • Comment number 5.

    A true heroine of our time - fighting for democracy - not just talking about it like some of our western leaders.

  • Comment number 6.

    Perhaps it means something, perhaps it means nothing. Aung San Suu Kyi should not have been under house arrest period and that would have meant something.

    Time will demonstrate where Burma is going and I will support the Burmese people in their struggle for a representative and honest government.

  • Comment number 7.

    Daw Aung San Suu Kyi should never have been put under house arrest in the first place. While I am glad that she has been 'released', I have no illusions about the evil military government that continues to retain its grip on the people of Burma.

    The ASEAN group of 'nations' should hang their communal heads in shame to have permitted Burma a place in this group.

  • Comment number 8.

    What great news!

  • Comment number 9.

    Wonder when the Army will have her assassinated.

  • Comment number 10.

    Of course her arrest was a travesty and we should all be rightly pleased that the Burmese government has seen sense and released her. But i suspect should she step out of line, the military backed government will arrest her as quicker than that. Will she re-enter politics? Only she can answer that.

  • Comment number 11.

    Great news, but she will never be totally free until she can speak her mind without any fear of being rearrested.

  • Comment number 12.

    On face value good news. However we should not forget the other political prisoners and the REASONS why the klepto-regime has lasted for so long. Human rights remains a 'good idea' and an industry has developed around its promotion, with little real imapct. The reality is that economic and geo-political self-interest are the true driving forces of Obama-esque change and the incarceration of ASSK is the the brightest testament to the hypocrisy of the international community, the complicity of the parasitical UN and the vanity and McDonaldiastion of the 24 hour media

  • Comment number 13.

    It is wonderful development in this outrageous affair.

    It would be stupid to praise the current dictators for this action any more than praise a multiple murderer for not murdering someone else.

  • Comment number 14.

    Delighted she's free. On what terms? How long will it last? What do we now do to support her and the people of Burma in their continuing pursuit of freedom and democracy? Let's commit ourselves to this task.

  • Comment number 15.

    I've been following this for years.

    Its great that she's out, now she needs to leave the country.

    Because the minute the military realise just how much support she still has, they're just going to lock her up again.

  • Comment number 16.

    What a great moment - one down, 2000+ to go - when will China do the same

  • Comment number 17.

    Aung San Suu Kyi is a good example why pro-democracy activists in the Third World should weigh the fight before they combat their own dictators. Like Ken Saro-Wiwa in Nigeria, they were urged on by the West and were abandoned to their fates when the regimes proved inflexible. If the West is unprepared to take the fight to these regimes, they should not sacrifice the likes of Suu Kyi. What a shame that she went through so much while the West blew hot air in ineffectual rhetorics.

  • Comment number 18.

    At last she is free or as freeas she can be. One thing I keep asking myself is what is the UN for if it does not support people who fight for their rights having won an election. The UN have failed here it seems more like a club for the boys than a serious atempt at brining nations together.

  • Comment number 19.

    Its amazing that this day has come to pass. Let the next chapter unfold!

  • Comment number 20.

    Burma? Surely the country is called Myanmar.

  • Comment number 21.

    i guess if it wasn't for america and the west, she 'd not has been relesed.The west along with america want Burma to be democratic and take the same path that they(america and the west) are taking .Think about others ! They are still behind the bars and house arrest.Nobody cares.

  • Comment number 22.

    18. At 12:27pm on 13 Nov 2010, Rulechangecrazy wrote:
    At last she is free or as freeas she can be. One thing I keep asking myself is what is the UN for if it does not support people who fight for their rights having won an election. The UN have failed here it seems more like a club for the boys than a serious atempt at brining nations together.


    Strictly speaking, and with a few caveats, the UN has no mandate to interfere with a country's internal politics unless they directly and adversley affect another conty's wellbeing, or they are indulging in wholesale slaughter.

    Apparentley, although there have been many citizens killed in 'purges' and there are whispers of a policy of extermination towards some of Burma's tribal peoples, the UN does not, at this time, feel it apropriate to intervene.

  • Comment number 23.

    Curious timing?

    So, the world media hacks are running with this at a crucial time for Burma. This country's borders also has some 'interesting' neighbours, with their own strengths and weaknesses.

    Perhaps, as we know so little of the lives of ordinary people in Burma, we should be more concerned about their everyday lives and feeding their families that disruption that extremists, waiting in the wings, will destroy for their own ends by exploiting any political vacuums?

  • Comment number 24.

    Great as it is to see this brave woman released, this is where the problems really start. To be secluded as she was for so long from the hurly-burly of day-to-day politics allowed her to be seen as a symbol of integrity and right thinking. And now? Others have struggled to find a way for moral/spiritual values to operate in political life, and found it hard to find a way. Remember Gandhi's vision for a Muslim to be head of state after Indian Independence: quietly sidelined by Nehru and the powerbrokers who considered it utterly unrealistic. How will Aung San Suu Kyi manage to operate ethically in the minefield outside her gates? Could spiritual values really be more effective in opposition, as a corrective, rather than in power? I hate to think that, but I do wonder...

  • Comment number 25.

    Also the UN does nothing in Burma to prevent or protect victims of human trafficking. It is a documented fact that 1000s of Burmese have been drafted for forced labour and the UN does nothing. Perhaps they should put down their gin and tonics, get out of the swimming pool and do something. Some hope :-)

  • Comment number 26.

    ASSK or DASSK..yes wonderful she is out,but what will this change?NOTHING IN MY LIFE! Nothing in the lives of the Karen ppl!Even Mandela could not change the lives of the majority of his people! as for Burma,China might well take note!
    THE BEST WAY TO clip the wings of ppl like ASSK-release her!
    Let her talk n protest,let her calls on deaf ears! Note East Timor! not much has changed their,West Papua is never heard of despite the occupation by Indonesia,Israel continues its blockade against Gaza and there is silence from the U.N!(never silence about the Nazi Holocaust of course! we must not forget that!!)The only thing ppl like ASSK acheive is to produce a cause celeb to distract the world's powers from the real problems in the world! She is an opiate for the talkfesters in the U.N. and a content provider for "news services" ...thats all

  • Comment number 27.

    Her release means she is no longer a threat to the military regime that now can rule under the cloak of "democracy". Instead of putting Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest, "elections" will be.

  • Comment number 28.

    why is the question of a small insignificant country such as Burma acheiving democracy so important?
    Israel has only acheived a apartheid regime yet is considered democracy and nothing is said!The fact that psycopathic fundamentalist muslims use Israel as a call to arms inspiring terrorist attacks against the rest of the world is ignored,yet we hear hours of talk regards Burma!
    The whole planet is under terrorist alert,Gaza is a concentration camp behind concrete prison walls,and we get 15 minute updates about ASSK! WORLD NEWS SERVICE? OR UN PROPAGANDA SERVICE?

  • Comment number 29.

    History questions in an examination paper one thousand years from now.

    Name the most famous Burmese politician born in the 20th century?

    Correct answers - 100%.

    Name one famous Burmese general born in the 20th century?

    Correct answers - Zero.

  • Comment number 30.

    20. At 12:37pm on 13 Nov 2010, Magi Tatcher wrote:
    "Burma? Surely the country is called Myanmar"

    It's called both, see here....

  • Comment number 31.

    Has Aung San Suu Kyi been released?
    It was reported that Aung San Suu Kyi had been released. She allegedly signed the necessary official papers; these should allow her to be released today in Burma, but the official release date is tomorrow, but because "13" is an unlucky number in Burma, military leaders may want to release her earlier, or selectively retain the unlucky 13th.
    Apparently comnplicating the issue is Suu Kyi’s demand for unconditional release; whereas, the military want restrictions (travel, meeting with supporters, etc.).
    To compound the matter @ 500 of her supporters have gathered at the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) HDQ. This would appear to breach release agreement re not to meet with her supporters.Her detention could easily be re-extended as it has been many times before. In fact, one of her own colleagues said that he'd believe her release only when he saw her walking free.
    There's going to be trouble in Burma anyway because 2 rebel armies have joined forces, ready to combat the official government. So, it's hard for me to believe that Aung San Suu Kyi would be released NOW, giving rebels the opportunity to rally behind her.

  • Comment number 32.

    OK, so a rebellious feminist Burmese woman has been released from house arrest in Burma.... so what?

    Whilst the regime in Burma is not up to British standards what on earth has this to do with Her Majesty's people in the UK?! Why is this a wall-to-wall news item in the civilised world?

    All that is needed is for a footnote in the news saying 'the feminist rebel for democracy in Burma has been released'.

    For goodness sake, BBC, this not news...... There are far more serious things going on in the world that do affect this country.

  • Comment number 33.

    Release of Aung Saan Suu Kyi is one of the happiest news to the whole world. Her sacrifice has not just contributed to the Myanmar but to entire humanity. Hope that other political prisoners will be released sooner.

    Hoping that some other Aung Saan Suu Kyi will take birth in China. May be Dalai Lama would see peaceful Tibet as well.

    May peace rules the earth.

  • Comment number 34.

    It's hard to be posative about this. Unless she is a very foolhardy Lady she will button it now she's free.. Who wouldn't?.

    She can get to know her son again whom she's not seen for ten years for a start...

    Any body know what happened to Mr Suu Kyi?

    And of course now she can get around to spending some of that Nobel peace prize cash.

    In 2009 Obama got $1.4Million.

    A prime toyboy target if you ask me.

  • Comment number 35.

    She will be re-arrested within weeks on some trumped up charge. I see no change.

  • Comment number 36.

    I really don't care. Hopefully she will now be able to pop into the local supermarket and buy her groceries and have a wander about the shops in the run up to Christmas. Oh yeh and have her hair done that will be nice.

    What a load of old BBC nonsense - get real gals

  • Comment number 37.

    I have often wondered why the media does not call Aung San Suu Kyi Burma's President Elect. As the current Junta is an illegal one, that is what she is.

  • Comment number 38.

    Great news for the people of Burma; 'Aung San Suu Kyi' has been released after 15 years of house arrest. Its a good news for India too because she has spent a lot of time as a student of the 'University Of Delhi' in India. Its high time when India ,being a big neighbor, supported pro democracy leaders like her instead of the military dictators. Its completely against the Indian democratic values to back the military rule and ignore the pain of the Burmese who are suffering from their hands. I hope the Indian government will now fully start supporting the pro democracy movement in Burma..!

  • Comment number 39.

    Aung Suu Kyi's release appears to be definitely bound by some preconditions and restrictions; these could be any, in the form of parole, ban on her political involvement etc. Besides, the cruel, despotic and insolent rule by the military regime (so-called democracy) and its supppression of the popular opinion/sentiment in Myanmar, might by now have taken its toll on Suu Kyi's health, both mentally & physically; the only way out is by way of stricter economic sanctions (globally)and by garnishing maximum world opinion/support to restore the real democracy, and her as a free leader of the opposition (to the manipulatively installed, so-called democratic government, after the recent unfair elections, boycotted by the opposition).

  • Comment number 40.

    36. At 1:18pm on 13 Nov 2010, RicharddeLionheart wrote:
    I really don't care. Hopefully she will now be able to pop into the local supermarket and buy her groceries and have a wander about the shops in the run up to Christmas. Oh yeh and have her hair done that will be nice.

    What a load of old BBC nonsense - get real gals


    I agree wholheartedly with you but as you so obviously state this is the BBC. They dont pose really contraversial questions.

    Why do I have to listen to a young lady telly me all about the World heavyweight Boxing champion?.

    What next? Joe Bugner does needlepoint?..

  • Comment number 41.

    Throughout Ms Suu Kyi's fifteen years of confinement, India and China remained totally non-commital on this issue. That is unacceptable, especially for India not speak out.

  • Comment number 42.

    I am sure this 'news' is important to some people.
    I am sad the woman has been under house arrest for so long, but that's the fault of her people and her country's military.
    All the hoo-ha and celebration means nothing to me.
    I'd rather see a report of us getting our own affairs in order (e.g. Tony Bliar called to answer for his war mongering ways).

  • Comment number 43.

    Release of Aung Saan, of course, would lead the country in better practice of democracy. I also think the newly elected government would behave with Suu's party as part of government, this should be..

  • Comment number 44.

    One small step for a woman but one great step for Mankind.

  • Comment number 45.

    It is good news that she has been released and I wish her everything she wishes for herself.

    But what of the Election just gone, an election where her Party and (she) was denied the chance to take part?

    If she once again takes up her political cause no doubt she will be once again arrested.

    I don't see any pressure on Burma to allow free and fair elections, and with the changes to the constitution it is impossible to have an effective (legal) opposition.

  • Comment number 46.

    Sorry, only interested enough to post a message here to say I'm not really that interested.

  • Comment number 47.

    Well the release of Aung Saan Suu Kyi is very good, but i understand the intentions of those who detained her has been acheived because she wont have the same steam to push for democracy the way she had it at first before being put on house arrest. This whole episode is so unfortunate not only to Burma but to the world at large and the development of democracy.
    I may just implore the leading democracies of this world to formulate policies and structures to educate people more about democracy and how it can benefit people. Like in my country i feel our leaders dont appreciate the value of democracy because each time there is an election at the end there will be suspicion of rigging which i beleive do realy happen meaning that the governments will do all they can to stay in power which should not be the case, leaders should heed to what people want.If they want change let change happen peacefully .

  • Comment number 48.

    37. At 1:22pm on 13 Nov 2010, cbjc wrote:
    I have often wondered why the media does not call Aung San Suu Kyi Burma's President Elect.
    Quite probably because General elections in Burma are for the Prime Minister, so she would be Prime Minister elect.

  • Comment number 49.

    We're living in depressing times. At last there is something to smile about. I shall drink a toast to her release later!!

  • Comment number 50.

    Glad to see Burma joining the world and attempting to make savings here and there. It must be very expensive to coop up political prisoners.. much better to let them go free and save money for important things like the managing the economy.

  • Comment number 51.

    I well remember watching Nelson Mandela walking to freedom in South Africa, but that was different. By the time of his release, even the SA government had realised the era of Apartheid was coming (thankfully!) to its end. The situation in Burma (Myanmar) is totally different. The Generals have no intention of changing anything; the rest of the world is doing nothing to change things either. Perhaps we don't buy Burmese oil any more, is that why we don't seem to care?

  • Comment number 52.

    wow, the cold-hearted apathy of some of our citizens who don't have the ability to care about anything other than themselves shouldn't really surprise or sadden me, but yet it does.

    Aung San Suu Kyi's release is amazing. She is a dedicated, heroic, inspirational woman. I cannot help but be cynical about the length of, and conditions of her freedom. For so long I have prayed for the country of Burma (yes, Burma, not Myanmar as I don't subscribe to the whims of a brutal military dictatorship) and will continue to do so. And for the rest of the 2000+ political prisoners.

  • Comment number 53.

    Long overdue, but I question the government motives and I do not think the elections will be fair and democratic. I hope this is not another sham.

  • Comment number 54.

    The release of Suu Kyi shows vividly the effectiveness of international isolation of Burma by The Western Nations in the past two decades & of the occasional reminders in the foreign news media such as the BBC on the ugly military Junta. To bring about real change before Suu Kyi is silenced again, the West should continue existing sanctions but do more in refusing all student/visitor/tourist visas to Burmese leaders & their FAMILIES as well as seizing their bank deposits & properties hidden in the West. After all, these assets being ill-gotten gains or blood money were & are stolen from the poor Burmese people. Any moral & symbolic support given to Burmese opposition parties will help

  • Comment number 55.

    I wonder if people like the Rev J Hughes and getonyoursoapbax had the same small minded dismissive attitude when Nelson Mandela was released and Lech Walesa in Poland and other brave people led much of Eastern Europe to freedom from oppression. How that has changed the world and made it a safer place.

    What a sad little world it would be if we were all only interested in our own little backyards. People like Aung San Suu Kyi should be held in the highest regard for their suffering, unselfishness, standing by their beliefs, and the hope they give to oppressed peoples all around the world.

  • Comment number 56.

    Aung Saan Suu Kyi is the anchorwoman of all the good values of her country.
    She is a diamond. But she is "only" a symbol. Some kind of miracle is needed
    to drive the bandits in power out of it. Hope so very much for all the Birmesians!

  • Comment number 57.

    Brilliant. Hardly expiates any of UK's role in South East Asian history, but I'm really glad for her and hope this presages improvements for the Burmese Peoples. Sort of vaguely proud to be a member of the human race about now. Let's see what she says, what she's allowed to say and try to work out what it could mean.

  • Comment number 58.

    32. At 1:11pm on 13 Nov 2010, Rev J Hughes wrote:
    OK, so a rebellious feminist Burmese woman has been released from house arrest in Burma.... so what?


    Because some of us have open minds and are actually INTERESTED in the world outside our borders. Assuming you actually are a reverend, why should we care what you think? After all, you have a hard time distinguishing between fantasy and reality!

  • Comment number 59.

    I have to ask, why the selective interest by the West in some countries and not others. Don’t know much about Burma…huummm do they have oil, gas etc or anything that the West (USA etc) want to get their hands on? As for the pro-democracy movement, there are enough examples of freedom fighters (in the broadest sense of the phrase) abusing political power when in government........

  • Comment number 60.

    Apart from a few ignorant comments, like "so what", and "whos she", the majority are very well pleased, let us all hope that she remains free and at last be able to travel to the UK to be with her children, and to visit her husbands grave.

  • Comment number 61.

    I'm not sure it is really a triumph - presumably the junta considers that she is no longer a threat. As Gandhiji said, the correct place for the just when living in a country where they imprison unjustly is also in prison.

    On a human level, I am happy that this brave lady is no longer imprisoned. But until every other political prisoner in the national prison that is Burma is freed, she is not really free and nor are any of the rest of us.

  • Comment number 62.

    15. At 12:24pm on 13 Nov 2010, Jack Napier wrote:

    I've been following this for years.

    Its great that she's out, now she needs to leave the country.

    Because the minute the military realise just how much support she still has, they're just going to lock her up again.


    I feel exactly the same as you do on all of your points, Jack. However I don't think she'll leave, because she's a far braver person than either of us!

  • Comment number 63.

    What will this mean for her? Well, of course she'll be able to claim her rightful place as an "activist celebrity" and tour the world at (whose?) expense to be feted by lefty-liberal groups and give meaningful interviews to media outlets, she'll be able to attend the Awards Ceremony for her inevitable Nobel peace Prize, after which she can write her best-seller biography and then who knows? Disappear in to obscurity again, probably.

    What will this mean for Burma? Well, a few discrete and subdued celebrations, and then - very little difference at all.

  • Comment number 64.

    I don't see what the Burma Junta have to gain with this. They already have substantial trade deals with China, India, France and many private western companies who turn a blind eye to political issues.

  • Comment number 65.

    #59: Good question Bill - quite surprising that the "forces of freedom and democracy" appear to have completely overlooked this particularly oppressive military regime - it reminds me of the way that military juntas in South America always appear to have been overlooked.......odd isn't it?

  • Comment number 66.

    My reaction is a resounding *Hurrahhhhh*!!!!

  • Comment number 67.

    Well it`s wonderful this great lady is free however this is a conditional freedom.
    The generals cleverly, and for all the world to see under pressure, held their rotten sham. (I refuse to utter the word) They knew they would have to release her sooner rather than later so before her release, they had to put on this show and with no real opposition, the outcome was enevitable so placing themselves as they always have had it-right up front as the Burma`s usual dear leaders. for them it can`t be any other way. How do you extract rotten Dna from the system. All this show just might rein in the generals a little. But Democracy, I mean the real stuff, I fear is still a few light years away.

  • Comment number 68.

    Hope for the best. Is there, after all, a softening on the part of the military which may lead ultimately to a real democracy in Myanmar? Are they tired of the game? A new dawn is in the offing for Myanmar? Only the future can tell. Till then hope for the best.

  • Comment number 69.

    It is great news for Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Myanmar who look up to her as a beacon of hope for their country. But, one has to watch and wait to see what kind of freedom the Burmese Generals let her enjoy. This action is surely a ploy to deflect world attention from the recent bogus elections and one can never say what they will do next. China is quietly supporting the Generals from behind and who knows whether they will want to see a democracy operating in Myanmar.

  • Comment number 70.

    Much as this is great news for the people of Burma (and I do welcome it)... What relevance does it have to the UK to be a subject on HYS??

  • Comment number 71.

    Is this really news? A rebel for democracy in a far flung land, nothing to do with Her Majesty the Queen, or her people, has been let out of house arrest and it is wall-to-wall news?.....

    Since when is democracy such a great thing that it warrants this coverage?

    My reaction to this is 'so what?' For goodness sake, surely there are more important things to report on?

  • Comment number 72.

    The Burmese are not the only ones to limit free speech are they?

  • Comment number 73.

    This is great news but the real problem remains, the people of Burma are oppressed by one of the most dictatorial regimes on earth. I wonder what are the terms for her release and how much is she restricted in her movement and freedom of speech.

  • Comment number 74.

    Who cares? Apart from the West's professional hand-wringers, will this story trouble anyone?

    I suppose this woman's release will now be used to justify the Government squandering even more of my earnings on 'Overseas Development Aid' to yet another corrupt Third World country.

  • Comment number 75.

    Isnt it time for another topic yet?

  • Comment number 76.

    It Makes me happy to know that our generals have finally signed the papers to free Aung San. She will be able to make great changes to our country, just like her father who fought for our indepence.

  • Comment number 77.

    Oh boy, what a bunch of ignorant posts here No 71 especially

    Why does the BBC report on world news at all?

  • Comment number 78.

    Obviously any unjust incarceration coming to an end is a good thing, but hard to imagine even for a second it comes without strings attached. Is an international blind eye to the latest sham election the ransom fee here?

  • Comment number 79.

    It is good that she has been released from house arrest, but if one foot is out of place she will be confined again or, even worse, she might even be executed by the thugs in uniforms, tired old men who ought to be drummed out of Burma by its people. Unfortunately the people do not have the capacity to overturn this rotten regime. One day they will win, just like the Berlin wall coming down. You cannot keep people down for ever. Even China will be free one day.

  • Comment number 80.

    It is a Toss-up between VOA (Voice of America) and the BBC as to who is showing or achieving the biggest worldwide footprint.

    You can buy USA Foodaid in Ethiopia but does anybody care?. About as much as this topic mayhap...

  • Comment number 81.

    74. At 3:09pm on 13 Nov 2010, The Rockabilly Red wrote:
    Who cares? Apart from the West's professional hand-wringers, will this story trouble anyone?

    I suppose this woman's release will now be used to justify the Government squandering even more of my earnings on 'Overseas Development Aid' to yet another corrupt Third World country.


    You get my vote mate.....

  • Comment number 82.

    It is a bold decision taken by the military junta as it has released the leader of the biggest opposition party Aung San Suu Kyi.
    The big question however is whether this is going to be the final release of Suu Kyi following the numerous release and rearrest of the woman.
    Burma's democratic future would be elevated to the highest phase of prosperity and stability alongside world fame and favour if they can consicrate for good democratic measures and trend. They should allow Suu Kyi's party alongside all others to contest the next election and must respect it's outcome.

  • Comment number 83.

    To The Rockabilly Red, RicharddeLionheart and others:

    I care. It interests me, and I think many others too. She's a courageous, principled, and inspiring woman, and I'm delighted she's been released. If you've never heard of her or couldn't care less about her fate, then shame on you. And if her release is of so little interest to you, then why bother to comment in the first place?

  • Comment number 84.

    PM David Cameron used the best word I ever knew to describe her prolonged detention--"travesty."

  • Comment number 85.

    84. At 3:20pm on 13 Nov 2010, Kolawole Ajao wrote:
    PM David Cameron used the best word I ever knew to describe her prolonged detention--"travesty."



    A travesty is Boys and Girls getting blown to pieces half way round the world to save peoples who cant be bothered to save themselves.....

  • Comment number 86.

    I said the elections although not free were a step in the right direction.
    This is another step in the right direction but it is just another step.
    If one praises each step in the right direction and criticises those things that need to be criticised in a reasonable way then progress can be made.

  • Comment number 87.

    To those of you who say "who is she", or "so what?" Why do you show your ignorance? Don't comment at all if you are not interested.

  • Comment number 88.

    This lady may be released temporarily, I do not see that she can drum-up enough support and make any massive movement under the watch of the Junta.
    This is the Military's answer to normalizing what is happening in Burma for the time being. The big Western investors in Burma have NEVER walked away from investments or profits, as long as the military is getting its economic wealth from the big businesses there would be no change in Myannmar. Frankly democracy may not be the perfect answer to a country with illiteracy, lack of impartial judiciary and big gaps in income levels, in fact it may be the recipe for long term chaos. Everyone understands that the models of democracy are not working in India, it is full of the most corrupt, thick skinned and wicked people stealing every penny out of the economy for self growth, Burma is no different.

  • Comment number 89.

    Won't make any difference whatsoever. They wouldn't release her if there was even an outside chance of something changing.

  • Comment number 90.

    87. At 3:30pm on 13 Nov 2010, jennyh wrote:
    To those of you who say "who is she", or "so what?" Why do you show your ignorance? Don't comment at all if you are not interested.


    It's all a case of priorities...........

    Visit a soup kitchen in any big city in UK then show the same compassion.

  • Comment number 91.

    On hearing that Suu Kyi has been released, Omo Oba Alade Ijero, my lifelong friend and influencer, said my 1998 poem titled AUNG SAN SUU KYI, has freed Myanmar's democracy hero. Each time I myself ruminate over that poem I often asked myself how I wrote the poem!

    The knowledge of Suu Kyi's detention in 1995 spurred me into international politics and affair. I was just 21. I couldn't fathom the situation! I was perturbed! I felt as though I were the one robbed! Then I began to watch and read events surrounding including her pedigree as daughter of Burma's independence leader--Aung San.

    Her release will surely be the end of an era and the beginning of another one in Burma, as Myanmar was known before she was detained in 1995.

  • Comment number 92.

    Dearest REV J Hughes........ You must be a man of the cloth with a cape and tongue soaked in venom. How can you even think and put words on a keyboard like this and claim to be a man of god. I guess there are many gods and many weird sick people claiming to be church leaders. Jim Jones comes to mind. You his brother by chance?

  • Comment number 93.

    71. At 2:57pm on 13 Nov 2010, Rev J Hughes wrote:

    My reaction to this is 'so what?' For goodness sake, surely there are more important things to report on?


    Do you believe the things important to you are also important to all of us? Learn to live in the real world.

  • Comment number 94.

    She is a symbol of oppression and slavery..But who in the mass unemployed in the UK stand up for our freedoms?

  • Comment number 95.

    I am humbled by her courage and resolve.

  • Comment number 96.

    More democracy for Burma? Maybe, I don't know. But I find as I get older that I am becoming more cynical about the future of Democracy in general.

    Freedom, and civil rights are under attack around the world.

  • Comment number 97.

    32. At 1:11pm on 13 Nov 2010, Rev J Hughes wrote:
    OK, so a rebellious feminist Burmese woman has been released from house arrest in Burma.... so what?

    What a mean spirited, self centred, isolationist parochial piece of work you are.
    If it doesn't directly affect you it doesn't matter.
    I can guess which political persuasion you are.

    Apart from the ignorance of the Rev........

    I'm happy to hear that at long last she has been released, I am still doubtful that the regime will permit democracy, but then again as long as the West do business as usual there is no external pressure.
    Good luck to her and to the people of Burma

  • Comment number 98.

    30. At 1:08pm on 13 Nov 2010, Artemesia wrote:

    20. At 12:37pm on 13 Nov 2010, Magi Tatcher wrote:
    "Burma? Surely the country is called Myanmar"

    It's called both, see here....

    Not by the UK or US governments.

  • Comment number 99.

    Really a great news and a great day of world and she will become more powerful than ever before but there is a great possibility that she will be assassinated by some group or an explosion will occur when she gathering of her supporters or danger of Car accident.
    especially much care is needed in December 2010-January 2011, March 26 to May4,2011- July 26 to September 10,2011-and November2,2011 to January 2012. According to her birth chart she will continue her political journey until she die. If she escaped from the assassination plot sure after Senior General Than Shwe retirement the military will reunion with Aung San Suu kyi and the country course will be changed.

  • Comment number 100.

    She looks wonderful. I only hope she takes things slowly and manages to stay free this time. A remarkable woman!


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