Saturday, June 19, 2010

Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi birthday in jail

Birthday candles are lit  in front of an image of Myanmar's detained opposition  leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a small party of her 65th birthday at Birthday candles are lit in front of image of Burma's detained opposition leader, Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi (AP).

RANGOON, Burma – Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi marked her 65th birthday Saturday locked in her dilapidated lakeside compound as calls for her freedom erupted around the world.
President Barack Obama and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded Suu Kyi's release in statements echoed at rallies and prayer vigils across the globe. Supporters at home threw a birthday party at the suburban Rangoon home of a fellow opposition member. It was attended by more than 300 people but not the guest of honor.

Holding candles and yellow roses, they lit a birthday cake with 65 candles and released 65 doves into the sky while chanting, "Long Live Daw Aung San Suu Kyi." Plainclothes security watched and videotaped the event.

Suu Kyi has now spent 15 birthdays in detention over the past 20 years, mostly under house arrest. She is the world's only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner. More>>

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