Suu Kyi Rejects Food Deliveries, Sparks Rumors of Hunger Strike

Burma leader frustrated with UN, aides say
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Aug 26, 2008 12:23 PM CDT
Myanmar's military has kept Suu Kyi in house arrest for 13 of the last 19 years, since her party overwhelmingly won general elections.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Myanmar's detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has refused food deliveries to her house for two weeks, prompting speculation that she is on a hunger strike against the government, the AP reports. Supporters say she's grown increasingly frustrated with the UN's failure to intervene in the junta-ruled nation—the Nobel Prize laureate refused to meet with UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari during his visit last week.

The news comes just weeks after Suu Kyi asked the government for a resumption of talks, a satellite dish in her house, and the freedom for her assistant to come and go. "If Daw Aung San Suu Kyi continues to refuse food from her comrades, her health will be of serious concern," said an opposition spokesman, beseeching "immediate intervention" from the international community.