Free Burma, Free Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi.jpgThe White House again called for Aung San Suu Kyi’s release by the Military and Communist aligned government of Myanmar (aka Burma) today. Aung San Suu Kyi has spent 11 years out of the past 18 in detention after winning the democratic leadership of Burma in free elections.

Since then then the Military has armed up with aid from China, postioned troops on the border, and arrested many dissidents. They also continue the war against the Karen rebels, pushing many refugees into Thailand.

More from Reuters:

The White House on Thursday criticized the military rulers of Myanmar as becoming “more brutal” and called for the release of Nobel laureate and democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi.

In renewing U.S. sanctions on Myanmar, President George W. Bush was showing “serious concern over the continued deterioration of the situation in Burma and his determination to stand with those who are struggling to end tyranny in that country,” the White House said in a statement.

Suu Kyi, 61, who has spent more than 11 of the past 17 years under some form of detention, should be released “immediately and unconditionally,” the White House said.

“In recent weeks, the Burmese junta has stepped up its attacks on ethnic populations, producing even greater refugee flows,” the White House said.

Peaceful democracy activists have been harassed and detained, and students seeking to pray for the release of political prisoners, including Suu Kyi, have been arrested, the White House said.

“As the 17th anniversary of the 1990 elections approaches, it is clear that the junta is becoming only more brutal, more repressive, and more indifferent to the concerns of its neighbors and the international community,” the White House said.

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