Aung San Suu Kyi: an extraordinary example of the power of the powerless


Aung San Suu Kyi is a famous political leader in Myanmar and is globally known for her fight for democracy. In 1991, she was awarded the Noble peace prize. Now she has been deposed by a coup when the military took control and arrested her and the political leadership around her.
Suu Kyi was born in 1945 in Myanmar (then known as Burma). Her father, Aung San was an important leader in the fight for independence from Britain. He was assassinated when Suu Kyi was two years old. Suu Kyi went to Oxford University, England and spent many years in foreign.
As her mother was sick, she returned to Myanmar in 1988. At that time, the country was being ruled by a ruthless military government. People were unhappy and held protests. The government violently tried to suppress the protests and thousands of protesters were mercilessly killed.
Suu kyi raised her voice and protested against the military leaders. In 1989, July she was placed under house arrest. The military offered her release if she left the country. Suu Kyi refused to leave her country and fight for human rights and democracy. She then joined a political party called National League for Democracy.
In 1990, elections were held and the National League for Democracy won 80% of the seats. The results were ignored by the military and they continued to rule the country. She was still under house arrest when she was honored with the Nobel Peace prize in 1991. Her son accepted the prize on behalf of her.
She was released from house arrest in 1995 but the government continued to harass her. She was again placed under house arrest from 2000 to 2002 and from 2003 to 2010. In 2011 she met various political leaders from national as well as international level. In 2015, she led the NLD and the party won the elections which were openly held after 25 years.
On February 1, 2021 she was detained by the military. Last November she won the elections and the military declared the elections fraudulent. She has also been charged under Myanmar’s Import and Export Law. People are protesting against the coup and the arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi. The protests are gathering pace. Nationally and internationally, all are in support of Aung San Suu Kyi. The United States has been disturbed by the arrest of Suu Kyi and has called the military to immediately release her and other political prisoners.


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