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Aung San Suu Kyi
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Rangoon, Myanmar
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Dutch PM tweets Aung San Suu Kyi on her release

Published on : 13 November 2010 - 11:19am | By RNW News Desk (Photo: ANP)

Asked by Radio Netherlands Worldwide, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and other Dutch public figures have sent the Burmese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi the following tweets on her release.

One of the first things she said she would do is to open a Twitter account to get in touch with young people. Radio Netherlands Worldwide asked some Dutch politicians, authors and other VIPs to send a personal tweet to @Aung.

The Myanmar junta lifted the opposition leader's house arrest on Saturday. "She is released now," said a government official, who did not want to be named.

Aung San Suu Kyi has appeared in front of a crowd of her supporters, who rushed to her house in Rangoon, when nearby barricades were removed by the security forces.

Not quitting politics
The Nobel Peace Prize winner has been detained for 15 of the past 21 years. Earlier, Ms Suu Kyi's lawyer warned that she was highly unlikely to accept a conditional release if it excluded her from political activity.

The government has restricted her travel and freedom to associate during previous brief spells of liberty, and demanded she quit politics.

She was originally due to be released from house arrest last year, but a case involving an American who swam across Inya Lake to her home, claiming he was on a mission to save her, prompted the latest detention.

Last Sunday, the political party supported by the military government won the country's first election in 20 years. The ballot was widely condemned.


jasmin 15 November 2010 - 11:40am / India

Congratulations to Aung San Suu Kyi! Great to know that she is free now.

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