Sunday, May 17, 2009

Aung San Suu Kyi Rebelotte*

*Here we go again.
We've posted several times about Aung San Suu Kyi, the 63-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner and leader of the Burmese democratic opposition who has been under house arrest (photo credit) for 13 of the last 19 years. Last week she was treated for low blood pressure and dehydration, and this week she's been dragged off to prison because an American, John Yettaw, stayed in her house for 2 days - after swimming across Lake Inya to get there. Indicted Thursday for having violated the rules of her house arrest, Suu Kyi is scheduled for trial tomorrow, just 9 days before her house arrest is scheduled to end.
Yettaw's motives are unknown, but one hopes he's not in cahoots with the junta, who may be grabbing at straws to renew Suu Kyi's house arrest and keep her off the national scene until the elections scheduled for 2010 have been held. In Burma, lodging a foreigner (who's not a family member) in your house without notifiying the authorities in advance is an offense. Yettaw apparently tried to speak with Suu Kyi once before, but left when she asked him to. This time, he did not. As a result, he, Suu Kyi, the 2 women who live with her and even her doctor, who's had her put on an IV twice recently due to her weakened state, are all in prison.

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