She may not have endured the trials of Nelson Mandela, nevertheless the release of pro-democracy leader, San Suu Kyi, following 7 years of house arrest in Myanmar (Burma), is a positive sign in the non-violent push for democracy. Suu Kyi, 65, left her husband and two children in England and stayed in her home country knowing that should she leave she would probably not be allowed back in by the military which has been in power since 1962.
A recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, she remained under house arrest for nearly 15 of the 21 years from 1990, until her release on November 13th.
Here’s hoping the American media, which seems to be increasingly nearsighted when it comes to covering international news (regardless of it’s potential impact on America), gives the story of this champion for democracy the attention it deserves.
Following her release, some 5000 supporters arrived at the gates of her home.