HALLELUJAH! Aung San Suu Kyi, pro-democracy Burmese leader is free.
What a November blessing and gift to every freedom loving person in the world. Thank you to our Goddess of truth, justice and integrity. Arising benevolence in this 21st century is the call of the times.
United to women leaders like Suu Kyi, you and I are one in lighting up the lamp of freedom. Breathing in the air of protest, breathing out the breeze of assertiveness, we extol and honor the cause of independence.
Who is this beloved icon of liberty?
My Internet research unfolds her story:
Aung San Suu Kyi; born 19 June 1945 is a Burmese opposition leader.
She earned a Ph.D. at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 1985. She was elected an Honorary Fellow in 1990. For two years she was a Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (IIAS) in Shimla, India. She also worked for the government of the Union of Burma.
In 1988 Suu Kyi returned to Burma, at first to tend for her ailing mother but later to lead the pro-democracy movement. Aris (her British husband) visit in Christmas 1995 turned out to be the last time that he and Suu Kyi met, as Suu Kyi remained in Burma. Burmese dictatorship denied Aris any further entry visas. Aris was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997 which was later found to be terminal. Despite appeals from prominent figures and organizations, including the United States, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Pope John Paul II, the Burmese government would not grant Aris a visa, saying that they did not have the facilities to care for him, and instead urged Aung San Suu Kyi to leave the country to visit him.
She was at that time temporarily free from house arrest but was unwilling to depart, fearing that she would be refused re-entry if she left, as she did not trust the military junta's assurance that she could return.
Aris died on his 53rd birthday on 27 March 1999. Since 1989, when his wife was first placed under house arrest, he had seen her only five times, the last of which was for Christmas in 1995. She also remains separated from her children, who live in the United Kingdom.
On 2 May 2008, after Cyclone Nargis hit Burma, Suu Kyi lost the roof of her house and lived in virtual darkness after losing electricity in her dilapidated lakeside residence. She used candles at night as she was not provided any generator set.
She remained under house arrest in Burma for almost 15 of the 21 years from July 20, 1989 until her release on 13 November 2010.
Primarily in response to her detention, Aung San Suu Kyi received the Rafto Prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.”
This is my code in life.
Never, never again, martial law.
No, no to handcuffing of political detainees.
Join me in waving the BANNER self-rule and self-determination.
YES, YES TO FREEDOM FOREVER.