Suu Kyi Supporters Soften Demands to Win Release

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2009 1:55 PM CDT
The front gate to the house of detained Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi remains closed Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009 in Yangon, Myanmar.   (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)
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(Newser) – Aung San Suu Kyi’s supporters are reevaluating their tactics ahead of her expected conviction tomorrow, hoping they can come to some kind of agreement with Myanmar’s junta, the Wall Street Journal reports. Suu Kyi faces a five-year sentence for violating her government-imposed house arrest by allowing in an American guest, but supporters are considering lowering their longtime demands to procure her release.

Last week, senior leaders from Myanmar’s self-proclaimed government in exile called for negotiations with the military and “national reconciliation,” though it reiterated its usual goals. Others want it to go yet further, including dropping the demand that the junta honor the discarded 1990 vote in which Suu Kyi was elected president. “We're not only thinking about what we want," said one opposition leader, "but what the regime can and cannot accept.”