Aung San Suu Kyi Resistance Movement Analysis

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Aung San Suu Kyi is a Myanmarian human rights advocate who championed non-violent opposition to Burma’s (Myanmar) military government and helped establish the National League for Democracy (NLD). Despite being Burman by birth, Suu Kyi was educated overseas and until the late 1980’s lived in the UK with her husband and children. However on a return visit to Burma, Suu Kyi observed police terror, political turmoil and calls for democratic reform in the country. These were emphasized by the massacre of pro-democracy protesters by the government. Motivated by the corruption of Burma’s military junta and by the legacy of her late father, a revered revolutionary leader, Suu Kyi marshaled a non-violent resistance movement against the
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The sisters, like Aung San Suu Kyi, demonstrated courage while fighting for political independence and human rights. Although the Mirabal’s struggle took place in the Dominican Republic instead of Burma, both countries were ruled by oppressive dictatorships whose cruelty inspired courage in people like Suu Kyi and the Mirabals. Like Suu Kyi, the Mirabals played an important role in the resistance movement in their country. Both Suu Kyi and the Mirabal sisters took risks for what type believed in. However, where Suu Kyi lost her personal freedom, the sisters were made martyrs after their murder at government hands. That the sister’s courage during 1960’s Dominican Republic movement shows similarity to that of Aung San Suu Kyi’s in modern day Burma demonstrates that their bravery is not is of mythos or phenomenon. While the courage displayed by the Mirabals is extraordinary, similar feats can still be accomplished by people today. Suu Kyi’s actions bring a reality to the sister’s struggle. She illustrates that the courage to challenge what is wrong in the world, rather than being the stuff of legend, is a choice that can be made by ordinary people who witness injustice in their

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