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Suu Kyi's day of freedom (The Asain
Subject: Suu Kyi's day of freedom (The Asain Age, 2/1/97)
Suu Kyi's day of freedom
The Asian Age, 2/1/97
Bangkok, Jan. 1: Burmese Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi attended a
New Year's eve celebration outside her home, ignoring government
restrictions on her movements, a party source said on Wednesday.
Ms Suu Kyi attended a dinner at the home of Kyi Maung, co-vice chairman
of her National League for Democracy on Tuesday evening, the NLD source,
reached by telephone from Bangkok, said.
The NLD source said the Opposition leader had left her compound without
asking for permission from the military authorities, as they have asked
her to do since an outbreak of student unrest last month.
"They told us to ask their permission, but she didn't want to ask their
permission," the source said, adding that the Nobel Peace Prize laureate
was not prevented from leaving her home.
It was the third time in the past week that Ms Suu Kyi was able to leave
her home, without asking permission, despite blockades erected at the
approaches to her suburban home.
In a statement received in Bangkok, a Burmese military official said that
Ms Suu Kyi had stayed at Mr Maung's house until shortly after midnight.
It added that the dinner had been attended by members of the NLD, their
spouses and foreign journalists.
Although Ms Suu Kyi has managed to leave her compound, NLD officials say
that the restrictions on her movements have not been lifted as she would
not be allowed to go out and meet the public.
Although she has not asked for permission to leave her home, she has
repeatedly informed the authorities of her movements. Ms Suu Kyi was
confined to her house for most of December following some of the most
defiant student protests since 1988. (AFP)