Burma Elections Won't Be Fair: Suu Kyi

But democracy fighter vows to continue with elections

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 30, 2012 9:18 AM CDT

(Newser) – Aung San Suu Kyi says that what's happening in the run-up to Burma's latest attempt at elections has been "beyond what is acceptable," with "many, many cases of intimidation" by supporters of the ruling regime, reports Reuters. Suu Kyi accused government supporters of vandalizing opposition posters, influencing electoral registers, and at least two attempts at injuring opposition candidates by launching projectiles at them. "Still, we are determined to go forward because we think that is what our people want," she said of Sunday's elections.

Suu Kyi noted that free and fair results depended on more than just fairness on election day, but "on what went before that day." For more information on the elections and Suu Kyi's health problems, check out this story.

YANGON, MYANMAR - MARCH 30:  Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to the media during a press conference ahead of parliamentary elections on March 30, 2012 in Yangon, Myanmar. She said that by-elections to be held this Sunday would not be completely free and fair because of irregularities during...
YANGON, MYANMAR - MARCH 30: Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks to the media during a press conference ahead of parliamentary elections on March 30, 2012 in Yangon, Myanmar. She said that by-elections...   (Getty Images)
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi addresses foreign and local journalists during a press conference held at her residence in Yangon on March 30, 2012.
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi addresses foreign and local journalists during a press conference held at her residence in Yangon on March 30, 2012.   (Getty Images)
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