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Aung San Suu Kyi’s Release: Video

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Two posts in one day… Jizo doesn’t do that very often! But there’s a very good reason today. Earlier, we posted the momentous news about Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s release from detention in Burma after 21 years of detention/arrest by the military junta that has ruled that country.

Here is some wonderful video footage of her being welcomed by crowds in Rangoon. No international journalists were allowed to cover this event, but a CNN correspondent was there to capture this moment and relay it to the CNN website. You’ll need to watch an ad first, but it’s worth it to get to this film footage.

UPDATE: See this amazing video from the BBC of the moment Aung San Suu Kyi was freed. Also watch this longer background video also from the BBC which provides a good summary of recent history in Burma that led to Aung San Suu Kyi’s detention and coverage of her life, including her decision to remain under house arrest in Burma rather than travel to see her dying husband. Incredible.

Aung San Suu Kyi: Free at Last!

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photo from New York Times/European Pressphoto

I am so happy to relay this news… news that many people thought might never come to pass:

After days of rumors, it’s now official: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the bodhisattva of Burma and Nobel Peace Prize winner, is now free after 21 years of detention and house arrest.

As the New York Times reported this morning, she was “greeted at the gate of her compound by thousands of jubilant supporters.” The article goes on to say:

She stood waving and smiling in a pink, long-sleeved shirt, as people cheered, chanted and sang the national anthem in a blur of camera flashes. She held a white handkerchief in one hand.

“Thank you for welcoming me like this,” she said, clutching the iron bars of her gate as she looked out at the cheering crowd. “We haven’t seen each other for so long, I have so much to tell you.”

She said she would speak again on Sunday at the headquarters of her now defunct political party, the National League for Democracy.

“We must unite!” she said. “If we are united, we can get what we want.”

There is much more to say about what happens in Burma next, of course, but in this moment, let us rejoice that this woman who has given so much of her life for the freedom of her brothers and sisters in Burma can now taste freedom herself.

Quote of the Week: Aung San Suu Kyi

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Wrapping a week of remembering the people of Burma… here is a quote from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi:

I think by now I have made it fairly clear that I am not very happy with the word “hope.” I don’t believe in people just hoping. We work for what we want. I always say that one has no right to hope without  endeavor, so we work to try and bring about the situation that is necessary for the country, and we are confident that we will get to the negotiation table at one time or another. This is the way all such situations pan out– even with the most truculent dictator.

 

Quote of the Week: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

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A correction from my entry the other day — June 19th was Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s 65th birthday.

In her honor, this week’s quote is from her (with thanks to Danny Fisher for finding it):

…People often ask me how it feels to have been imprisoned in my home… How could I stand the separation from family and friends? It is ironic, I say, that in an authoritarian state it is only the prisoner of conscience who is genuinely free. Yes, we have given up our right to a normal life. But we have stayed true to that most precious part of our humanity — our conscience.”

(from Parade Magazine, March 9, 2003)

Please see Danny’s blog for other important stories concerning Burma, as well as suggestions for actions that you can take to support Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of that country.

Stand With Aung San Suu Kyi on Her 65th Birthday

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Thanks to Danny Fisher for reminding us that tomorrow, June 18, is Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday.

From the Amnesty International website:

As Myanmar prepares for its upcoming elections, a sense of concern and tension is in the air. Many fear that there will once again be political unrest, resulting in widespread arrests from election-related crackdowns. Moreover, contributing to the anxiety is the anticipated release of democracy leader and co-founder of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who has endured unofficial detention and has been held under house arrest for about 15 years in Yangon.

Will you be among those calling for justice in Myanmar on Friday? On June 18th, Amnesty International and other NGOs will be holding a demonstration and panel discussion in New York to commemorate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday. Activists will also participate in a procession to the Permanent Mission of the Union of Myanmar to deliver 65 yellow roses in honor of Suu Kyi’s 65th birthday. Amnesty International members, the Burmese community, and other activists will be calling for her release, as well as for the over 2,100 political prisoners of Myanmar.

Can’t make it to the demonstration in New York? You can still support Amnesty’s efforts by joining our “Stand with Suu Kyi” photo action.

Stand with us as we stand with Suu Kyi and the more than 2,100 political prisoners in Myanmar!

Quote of the Week: Aung San Suu Kyi

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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s profile was featured on this blog back in December… here is another moving quote from her essay, “Freedom from Fear”:

The quintessential revolution is that of the spirit, born of an intellectual conviction of the need for change in those mental attitudes and values which shape the course of a nation’s development. A revolution which aims merely at changing official policies and institutions with a view to an improvement in material conditions has little chance of genuine success.

Without a revolution of the spirit, the forces which produced the iniquities of the old order would continue to be operative, posing a constant threat to the process of reform and regeneration. It is not enough merely to call for freedom, democracy and human rights. There has to be a united determination to persevere in the struggle, to make sacrifices in the name of enduring truths, to resist the corrupting influences of desire, ill will, ignorance and fear.

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