Aung San Suu Kyi In The Pro-Democracy Movement In Burma

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Assess the role of Aung San Suu Kyi in the pro-democracy Movement in Burma
Aung San Suu Kyi was born June 19, 1945 in Burma. Her father (General Aung San) was a former Prime Minister of Burma, this is what spawned her political interests. General Aung San was assassinated in 1947 by one of his rival politicians. Her mother (Khin Kyi) was also involved in the political field and was appointed ambassador to India in 1960. Aung San Suu Kyi’s mother sent her to England to receive a better education. Also at University she met the love of her life, Michael Aris who was an expert in his field studying Tibetan monks. (Aung San Suu Kyi Lady of No Fear, n.d.) Aung San Suu Kyi had two boys, one in 1973 and the other in 1977. In 1988, Aung San Suu Kyi
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When Aung San Suu Kyi finally returned to Burma, in 1988, she witnessed the basic human rights violations that were happening. She knew this was unjust and that she had to change the countries ways to eventually eliminate the poverty and gain freedom of speech for her people. When she arrived Burma was amidst a mass protest where millions of Burmese were protesting against the government’s treatment of their own people, this protest resulted in the slaughter of thousands. (A Biography of Aung San Suu Kyi, 2012). On September 24th 1988, Aung San Suu Kyi and fellow believers in democracy started the National League of Democracy (NLD). This marked the start of the movement of democracy in Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi’s first speech was in front of half a million people, calling for a democratic government. The NLD party gained attention of the Burmese people instantly and eventually the Burmese …show more content…
Her husband and children also received no news from her for the entire 5 years. On May 27th 1990, the general election was held and the National League for Democracy won by an unconceivable margin with 80% of the votes, however the military Junta refused to recognise the election and did not publish the original results until 20 years later. Aung San Suu Kyi was offered freedom if she would leave Burma and never return but she continued to stay and lead the pro-democracy movement. During the time of Aung San Suu Kyi’s “silence” many events were happening. Michael Aris, Aung’s husband, spoke in many conferences and continuously pleaded for the release of his wife, he also accepted many awards on behalf of her including the Nobel peace prize. During these five years Aung San Suu Kyi meditates and reads many books and poems and eventually published her book Freedom from Fear and other writings, which includes magnificent poems she wrote. Aung San Suu Kyi was finally released from house arrest on July 10th 1995. Aung San Suu Kyi new she needed to keep up with the struggle for democracy to improve the quality of life in

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