Aung San Suu Kyi has spent most of her last 21 years under house arrest by the Myanmar army dictatorship after her pro-democracy party won 81% of the seats in Parliment in 1990. She was freed last week after the country held its first election in 20 years. The results of the elections were highly suspect and too many people continue to be oppressed. However, it's clear that world-wide attention and economic pressure placed upon the Myanmar regime are responsible for Aung San Suu Kyi's recent release. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her efforts to win democracy for the Burmese people, she is a shining light of what ordinary people can do with persistence and resolve against all odds. People all over the world have been inspired by her non-violent campaign. Like Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi's struggle has inspired and galvanized the world's attention and support.
Welcome back Aung San Suu Kyi! The world has missed your strong voice. May you succeed in bringing Burma closer to democracy. May your example continue to inspire the people everywhere who live under dictatorship and oppression to not quit and to do battle with non-violent direct action.
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