To Achieve Democracy: Burma's Fight for Freedom

This playlist is dedicated to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the more than two thousand political prisoners languishing in inhumane jails across Burma.

Aung San Suu Kyi is known all over the world as the inspiring and heroic leader of her country's democracy movement, fighting for her people's right to freedom in the face of a brutal dictatorship led by merciless and murderous military generals.

She is the daughter of General Aung San, the man who negotiated independence for Burma from the British in 1947 and is regarded as the founding patriot of the country, but who was assassinated by thugs only months before his hardwork bore fruit when on January 4, 1948, Burma became a sovereign independent nation.

But just more than 10 years later, in 1962, the army, led by General Ne Win, staged a coup and seized power. He would rule for the next 26 years.

During her teenage years, Aung San Suu Kyi traveled abroad to study and work in the United Nations under fellow Burmese, then-Secretary General of the U.N., U Thant.

In Oxford, she met an English academic, Michael Aris, whom she married in 1972 and with him, had two children; Alexander and Kim.

For years she a loving mother and wife until, when in 1988, she recieved the telephone call that changed her life.
She went back to Burma and took care of her ailing mother, Daw Khin Kyi, who suffered a stroke.

It was during that year that the anger of the Burmese against its military government reached its momentum. In July of 1988, Ne Win unexpectedly "resigned." His resignation made the millions of Burmese to take to the streets and demanded for democracy and freedom.

But on August 8, 1988, the military, eager to hold on to power, mercilessly gunned down thousands upon thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators; monks, civilians, students, men, women and children. No one was a spared.

Aung San Suu Kyi finally decided to enter the struggle. After making a historic speech in Rangoon on August 26th, 1988, she called for a democratic government, the respect for human rights and free elections. She quickly became the leader of the people's fight for freedom and justice.

But the military immediately took action after realizing the height of Aung San Suu Kyi's popularity and placed her under house arrest in 1989 and for the rest of the next six years.

In 1990, the junta was forced to call for an election, in which Aung San Suu Kyi and her party which she founded with her colleagues in September 1988, the NLD - The National League for Democracy, won an amazing and stunning victory, defeating the junta by sweeping the election, taking 392 out of 485 seats in the Pyithu Hluttaw - The People's Assembly - 82% of the vote, electing her, although she was still under house detention, as the new Prime Minister of Burma.

But the regime, who was very confident they would win the polls, refused to honour the results, began a chain of arrests and forced exiles of the elected Members of Parliament and continued detaining Aung San Suu Kyi.

In 1991, still under house arrest, she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.

In 1999, when she was free, she learned that her husband, Michael Aris, who was living in England with their sons, had cancer and was dying.
She had to choose to stay, fearing that she would not be allowed back to Burma if she left. It was a painful decision that she made as they would never see each other again. Michael Aris died in 1999 of prostate cancer.

For the last 20 years, she has been in and out of house arrest, "restricted detention" as the junta calls it. In 2003, while travelling to the countryside to speak to her many followers, she and her convoy were attacked by junta thugs, giving the generals reason to put her back under house arrest.

Her children, Alexander and Kim, now have their own families and are now in their thirties.

In May 2009, an American named John Yettaw swam across Inya Lake (which is beside the house where she is placed under detention) and unexpectedly paid a visit to Aung San Suu Kyi uninvited. Yettaw complained of being very unwell and was allowed by her to stay for a few days. It was when he swam back that he was caught.

This incident gave the junta another chance to jail her, finding her "guilty" of breaching the "laws" of her detention on August 11, 2009, after a three-month trial that most people called a sham.

She is now currently spending another 18 months jailed in her own home.

Aung San Suu Kyi has done no crime, yet she is in prison.
She is a hero to the millions of Burmese people.
She is an inspiration to many across the earth for the courage that she has shown and the honesty and dignity she has exemplified.
She must be free and be allowed to take her true and rightful place as the Prime Minister of the Union of Burma. NOW.

"It's only when you're deprived of your freedom that you realize how precious it is."

- Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma
This playlist is dedicated to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the more than two thousand political prisoners languishing in inhumane jails across Burma.

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