Archive for January, 2011

Burma’s first election in twenty years is to be held on November 7th. But the forth-coming poll is criticized by the Western world, because the best-known democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her party NLD have been ruled out of the election.

I have telephone interviewd Zoya Phan, the Coordinator of a pro-democracy campaign organization called BurmaCampaignUK. The situation she told me about Burma, a country under dictatorship, is absolutely moving and pathetic. I have made part of the interview into a audio clip and attach it to the post.

A about a week after my interview, Aung San Suu Kyi was freed from house arrest. A throng of joyous supporters rushed toward her house once the gates were opened.
Was Suu Kyi’s release conditional? What will she be able to accomplish under the thumb of the dictatorship that has stamped out voices of opposition and just held an election that has been widely criticized as a sham?
Whether her release is a catalyst for change or not remains to be seen.

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