Aung San Suu Kyi banned from Martyrs’ Day ceremony

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aung san suu kyiAnd what hurts most, the pro-democracy opposition leader’s father is also one of the honored during Martyrs’ Day. Fore some reason, unlike the previous years, Aung San Suu Kyi was not invited this year to pay tribute to her late father on Burma’s Martyrs’ Day ceremony. Supporters of the Nobel peace laureate say she was kept under house arrest as the military government held a short memorial service early Saturday in Rangoon. Aside from her, foreigh diplomates were also banned at the ceremony in the Martyr’s mausoleum close to the famous Shwe Dagon shrine.

General Aung San (her father) and eight other people were shot by political rivals on July 19th, 1942, while they were holding a meeting for Burmese independence from Britain. Last May 27, Aung San Suu Kyi’s house detention was extended by one year. She has been under house arrest continuously since May 2003, for more than 12 of the last 18 years, and has been a recipient of the Nobel Peace award.

Author: Melissa

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