What would you do with your first free days of freedom if you’d spent 15 of the past 21 years under house arrest or in prison?
Released on Saturday, Aung San Suu Kyi has addressed her supporters; given interviews to the press and indicated that she’s ready to meet Burma’s leader to discuss national reconciliation. She also broached the subject of sanctions, saying “If the people really want sanctions to be lifted, I will consider it”. So, not a bad day at the office, hey!
She told the crowd she believed in the rule of human rights and the rule of law and felt no antagonism to those who had kept her detained for much of the past two decades. The basis of democratic freedom, she said, was freedom of speech. But she cautioned that if her supporters wanted to get to where they wanted, they had to do it the right way. “Do not give up hope,” she added (BBC article).
So… no conditions placed on her freedom? Free as in free? Hmmm… I won’t give up hope… just yet.