Arrested Burma's Prime Minister's Birthday

On 19th June, 2007 the 62nd birthday of Prime Minister of Myanmar (Burma), Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was celebrated in New Delhi in the presence of Gandhains, socialist and communist leaders. More than 1 lakh signatures were received from across the country expressing support for Suu Kyi. Members of Parliament from Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) was present on the occasion.

In Rangoon, people gathered at the NLD headquarters on Shwegondine road to offer food to monks and release white doves as symbols of their hope for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's freedom. A large mob of unidentified men in civilian clothing also surrounded the NLD headquarters and monitored the celebrations.

Suu Kyi is under house arrest in Burma by the military dictatorship since 20th July 1989 although her party National League for Democracy won decisively in 1990 general election called by the military dictators and she is legally the Prime Minister of Burma. In her famous "Freedom From Fear" speech, she said, "It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it." She has been released in between and arrested again.

Her party won about 88 percent of the votes in the 1990 election as the people showed their appreciation for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's commitment.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Burmese government to release Aung San Suu Kyi, as it released 2,831 prisoners, including 40 political prisoners, on 1 January 2007.

On 18 January 2007, the state-run paper The New Light of Myanmar accused Suu Kyi of tax evasion for spending her Nobel Prize money outside of the country. The accusation followed the defeat of a US-sponsored United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Myanmar as a threat to international security.

On 25 May 2007, Myanmar extended Suu Kyi's detention for yet another year which would keep her confined to her residence for a fifth straight year.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is going to be conferred the first Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Award for her outstanding contribution to the struggle for restoring democracy in her country.

Suu Kyi's father, late Gen Aung San, had supported Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose when he entered Burma in 1943 with the INA to fight Anglo-American forces. The award will be given on a day between January 23 and January 25, during Netaji's birthday celebrations.


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