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Suu Kyi addresses supporters

Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 01:33

Aug. 14 - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi addresses her supporters during what is billed as her first overtly political trip since her release from house arrest last year. Simon Hanna reports.

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It was billed by her party as her first overtly political trip since being released from house arrest over a year ago. In reality Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was only there to open two libraries, but for her supporters the trip had great significance. They hope that this signals a thawing of the relationship between Suu Kyi and the government. The trip comes after two meetings in recent weeks between the 66-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate and the Labour Minister. Addressing her supporters, Suu Kyi said that she didn't want to release the details of the meetings for fear of raising expectations. But she promised that she is working hard to fulfil the desires of the people. (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) MYANMAR OPPOSITION LEADER, AUNG SAN SUU KYI: "I know what you desirous of and I will do my best to fulfil it step by step and tell you when there are facts I can ascertain. But, it is impossible to achieve it without the support of the people." Suu Kyi has been careful not to antagonise the government since her release and has not directly criticised the general election held last November. That poll - which led to the end of formal military rule this year - was regarded at home and abroad as a sham that ensured the army retained power behind a veneer of democracy. Simon Hanna, Reuters.

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Suu Kyi addresses supporters

Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 01:33