Subversive Historian – 07/20/09

The 20th Anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi’s House Arrest

Back in the day on July 20th, 1989, Aung San Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest in Rangoon by the military regime in Burma. The daughter of an assassinated independence hero, Suu Kyi joined forces with the National League for Democracy as uprisings in the country that took place the year prior demanded freedom and democracy. Forcing the military junta’s hand, general elections were set for 1990, and when Suu Kyi began campaigning for the NLD, she was detained under martial law for three years without charge or trial. Despite her detention, the NLD won in a landslide victory that the junta, of course, refused to recognize. Since that time, Suu Kyi status under house arrest has been continually extended without fail. In the latest injustice, she was jailed earlier this year just two weeks before her most current house arrest was due to expire.

The ruling military junta claims Suu Kyi violated the terms of her house arrest when a man from the United States swam to her home. However, a general election is set for 2010 in the country, an occasion that the regime marks with detentions.


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