Thursday, June 23, 2011

Aung San Suu Kyi celebrated her 66th birthday

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi celebrated her 66th birthday on Sunday.The Nobel Peace laureate turned 66,her best gift awaited at Yangon's international airport,arrival of her youngest son, Kim Aris, who lives in Britain and kissed his mother on arrival.Suu Kyi,who has celebrated 15 birthdays in detention or house arrest over the past 22 years, the first in nine years that she was able to celebrate freely with friends, family and supporters.

Ruled by the military since 1962, Myanmar held its first elections in 20 years in November. Suu Kyi was released from seven years of house arrest just days after the poll, which her party boycotted.The junta handed power to a civilian government in March, but critics say it's merely a front for continued army rule.

On her last year birthday ,Suu Kyi was alone, locked in her dilapidated lakeside compound while world leaders called for her release and supporters held somber ceremonies elsewhere in Yangon in her honor.This year she offer a meal to Buddhist monks, attend a celebration at her political party headquarters and enjoy a private garden party with friends and relatives.Suu Kyi was born June 19, 1945, in Rangoon, now Yangon,won the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize for her determined nonviolent struggle for democracy.

She was last arrested in May 2003 after her motorcade was attacked in northwestern Myanmar by a pro-junta mob while she was on a political tour. This month, she plans her first trip across the countryside since that ill-fated tour.

Since her release last year, Suu Kyi has continued to be outspoken, but little has changed in the repressive nation, which still holds more than 2,000 political prisoners and deploys security agents to monitor Suu Kyi closely.

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