As expected, the election was a farce. But now, a few days later, the more momentous event: after 20 years in and out of house arrest, today Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is free.
Here’s a round-up of some of the coverage in the news:
- NY Times: Myanmar Junta Frees Dissident Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
- Irrawaddy: Suu Kyi Freed at Last
- NPR: Myanmar Frees Democracy Leader Aung San Suu Kyi
- Bangkok Post: The Lady Won’t be Silenced
President Obama made a few comments from Japan, where he is attending the G20 summit:
While the Burmese regime has gone to extraordinary lengths to isolate and silence Aung San Suu Kyi, she has continued her brave fight for democracy, peace, and change in Burma. She is a hero of mine and a source of inspiration for all who work to advance basic human rights in Burma and around the world.
One member of the crowd greeting Daw Aung San Suu Kyi outside her house caught this video of the joyous moment (via The Lede):
Of course, while Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is technically free from her prolonged unjustified sentence, many questions remain. How long will she be free before the regime finds some absurd reason to imprison her again? And while this event may give some hope to an otherwise disheartened and discouraged democracy movement, it is tempered by the fact that over 2000 political activists remain in prison and the junta is still in control after the “election.”