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'Dangerous time' for Aung San Suu Kyi

Burma’s heroine vows to fight on for human rights and democracy in her first day back at the office.

SUPPORTERS OF NEWLY-RELEASED Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi have voiced their concerns that she may not be free for long.

Thousands of her followers listened to Suu Kyi yesterday make her first official speech outside the headquarters of her party, the National League for Democracy, in Yangon, Burma.

She vowed then to continue to pursue democracy and human rights for all in Burma. She also said that was willing to meet the leaders of the military junta which is currently ruling Burma, in the hope that they might heal their differences.

Khin Ohmar, chairwoman of the Network for Democracy and Development in Burmas, the organisation for Burmese political activists in exile, said:

This is a very dangerous period. The regime is not releasing her out of respect that she has an important role to play in Burma’s political process and national reconciliation.

Suu Kyi, 65, was released by the junta on Saturday from her ancestral home on Inya Lake, where she had been held continually since 2003. In her speech to supporters yesterday she said that she would not feel free until democracy won out in Burma. She also said she wanted to “hear the voice of the people” before deciding on how she would proceed in political dialogue and with dealing with the violence in border areas of Burma. She said:

We are trying to be a democratic party, but it is difficult because we do not have the freedom to organise. I do not believe it should be just one person dominating a party.

The BBC have the first interview with Aung San Suu Kyi since her release here >

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