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The release of Aung San Suu Kyi is of course great news but it is only a first step on a very long path to democracy.

Aung San Suu Kyi, Leader of the Pro-Democracy movement in Burma and winner of the last true democratic ballot in Burma has been released. She had been held under house arrest for the last 15 years. As Leader of the Pro-Democracy movement was one of the most iconic of the 2,203 Political Prisoners held by Burmese authorities. When she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize she became our generations model for peaceful resistance.

Few expected her release because the Military backed Government had imposed numerous conditions to her release which she refused to comply with.

While she is no longer under house-arrest, she and her fellow Country are still imprisoned because the people of Burma are not yet free.

This is a great first step for democracy in Burma. It is however only a first step. Will she be allowed to campaign? Will she be given freedom of movement?

Will the Movement for Freedom and Democracy be allowed to exist?

Last Sunday's elections in Burma were not free or fair. She therefore remains the last legitimately elected Leader of Burma. Her current freedom represents a real challenge to the validity of those elections. Something that the government of Burma is well aware of. She has also been released before and she has been placed under house arrest three times.

Time will tell if this is a real move towards democracy or if it is a way of Burma hiding the fraud of the last election. Burma is still not free but the release of Aung San Suu Kyi can only help give much needed publicity to those who are fighting for freedom and democracy and human rights.

Originally posted to The BigotBasher on Sat Nov 13, 2010 at 07:14 AM PST.

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  •  I think the junta must feel confident enough (3+ / 0-)
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    Simplify, koNko, The BigotBasher

    in it's ability to hold on to power by claiming legitimacy due to the recent parliamentary elections. There are still a heck of a lot of political prisoners.

    The country is still a hodgepodge of overlapping and sometimes conflicting authorities and interests. Last time I looked across the river from Xiengkok it didn't seem like there was a government.

    http://www.voanews.com/...

    "slip now and you'll fall the rest of your life" Derek Hersey 1957-1993

    by ban nock on Sat Nov 13, 2010 at 07:32:37 AM PST

  •  Three guesses where you job is going. (0+ / 0-)

    And the first two don't count.

  •  I disagee on one point. (1+ / 0-)
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    The BigotBasher

    That few expected her release. While it was by no means certian, it was certianly a strong possibility and much international presure was place to secure this.

    The subtext I think you are missing is that the election was scheduled to palned to obtain the desiredred result before her scheduled release date, and not the Junta will use this to put a veneer of legitimacy on the so-called landslide result.

    Had the election been delayed for some reason, I'm certian she would not have been released.

    We shall see what happens after she gives her speech tomorrow and what follows, her continued freedom is not gaurenteed.

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Sat Nov 13, 2010 at 09:02:53 AM PST

    •  Her refusal to comply with the demands of the (1+ / 0-)
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      koNko

      illegitimate government caused people to have great doubts about her release and the Burmese junta have repeatedly shown that they care very little about the judgement of the rest of the World.  

      I agree with the rest of your sentiments and while today is a great day to to celebrate her (current) freedom, we shouldn't forget the other political prisoners there or lay off the pressure on Burma.

      •  I had little doubt. (1+ / 0-)
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        The BigotBasher

        Since 2007, Myanmar has been under pressure from it's neighbors to move toward political and economic refrom, and the floods in 2009 cracked the wall when the government was forced to engage with NGOs and the UN to recieve aid.

        The response was to hold elections and to have the military office holders resign to become "civillian" leaders. This was a sham, of course, and how they hope to maintain control.

        In that viewpoint, releasing her after the election is a tolken to claim legitimacy and reform and a calculated risk on their part.

        But part of that calculus is the need to put up a front of respectability.

        So the world should take that as a tolken and no more, and to increase pressure, because releasing one high profile political dissident from house arrest while 2000 more rot in prison is not real progress.

        What about my Daughter's future?

        by koNko on Sat Nov 13, 2010 at 06:46:41 PM PST

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