Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Released

Suu-KyiMyanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi was freed from house arrest on Saturday, ending some 15 years of detention under the country’s ruling military junta.

Thousands of supporters waited outside Suu Kyi’s home in Yangon as the pro-democracy leader stepped outside her house to officially end her seven-year house arrest. “People must work in unison. Only then can we achieve our goal…When the time comes to talk, do not be quiet,” Suu Kyi said as her supporters cheered the 65-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Suu Kyi’s release came several days after the junta was heavily criticized for its handling of the November 7 general elections, which many people believed were held only to extend the decades-long military rule in the country of 50 million.

World leaders from U.S. President Barack Obama to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed Suu Kyi’s release. However, both Obama and Ban urged the Myanmar military junta to take its long over due action a step further by releasing other political prisoners. “It is time for the Burmese regime to release all political prisoners, not just one,” Obama said.