Is there a nonviolent movement today that is not also a global democracy movement? In other words, do you think the US will help Suu Kyi the way it did Otpor? What interests of ours will we have to surrender to promote human rights, justice and peace in Burma (Myanmar)? This is where our hagiography of King and Gandhi will be put sorely to the test.
by Hla Hla Htay – Mon Nov 15, 11:43 am ET
YANGON (AFP) – Newly freed democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi called on Monday for a “non-violent revolution” in Myanmar as she knuckled down to the task of rebuilding her weakened opposition movement.
Speaking at her party headquarters in Yangon, where she met with senior regional members for the first time in years, she told the BBC she was sure democracy would eventually come to her country, although she did not know when.
“I think we also have to try to make this thing happen… Velvet revolution sounds a little strange in the context of the military, but a non-violent revolution. Let’s put it that way,” the 65-year-old said.
Suu Kyi was freed from house arrest on Saturday, less than a week after a controversial election that cemented the junta’s decades-long grip on power but was widely criticised by democracy activists and Western leaders as a sham.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has been locked up by Myanmar’s regime for 15 of the past 21 years, gave her first political speech in seven years on Sunday, appealing to thousands of her jubilant supporters for unity.