Suu Kyi Told She 'Could Go This Day'

Pro-democracy leader set for freedom in coming days
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 12, 2010 8:58 AM CST
Supporters of Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi hold portraits their detained leader at her National League for Democracy headquarters in Yangon, Myanmar, Friday, Nov. 12, 2010.   (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)
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(Newser) – Rumors are swirling that Aung San Suu Kyi will be released today, according to the AP, but the Guardian reports that she will spend another night under house arrest. She was told she "could go this day," says the co-founder of her National League for Democracy party, but negotiations with the Burmese junta stalled. The military regime reportedly signed a release order today, but is trying to impose conditions and restrictions on her freedom that Suu Kyi does not want to accept.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner’s house arrest was scheduled to end tomorrow, say her lawyers. But Suu Kyi, who has been confined for 15 of the last 21 years, won’t accept freedom with conditions attached, they say. The AP notes that riot police with assault rifles were seen near Suu Kyi's house today as about 200 supporters gathered at a nearby barbed-wire barricade.

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