Lion’s Roar reports on the upcoming release of the Burmese pro-democracy political leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
Could it be?
We’ve heard the “Aung San Suu Kyi is about to be released” story before. (For example, in February of this year.) But the buzz, this time, seems somehow much bigger — and far more hopeful.
As the Associate Press reports:
“Supporters of the pro-democracy leader in Myanmar, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, gathered near her home on Friday as unconfirmed reports circulated that she would be released soon from house arrest.[… ] Supporters of the pro-democracy leader in Myanmar, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, gathered near her home on Friday as unconfirmed reports circulated that she would be released soon from house arrest.”
Read the rest of the AP piece at The New York Times. (That story has been updated several times now.) NPR reports that Aung San Suu Kyi was in fact to spend another night in house arrest as further negotiations unfold.
There’s plenty of reason to be skeptical, sure. And yet, Aung San Suu Kyi’s release does seem closer than ever. Perhaps the scrutiny of the eyes of the world has gotten to be too much for Burma’s ruling junta. And now more than ever, we’re watching. The links you’ll find after the jump will help you keep up to date. Share yours — or your reaction to this story as it unfolds — in the comments. (Last updated 10:55 PM, EST.)
Links appear — more or less — in reverse chronological order (most recent first) and open in new windows.
Suu Kyi hours away from release? (Times of India, Nov 12, 2010)
Aung San Suu Kyi release: the lady goes free but nothing changes (The Telegraph, Nov 12, 2010)
Aung San Suu Kyi: Burma’s opposition leader is a new Mandela (The Guardian, Nov 12, 2010)
Freedom Nears: Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s Release Imminent (ABC News, Nov 12, 2010)
Excitement grows in Burma as Aung San Suu Kyi’s release nears (Christian Science Monitor; November 12, 2010)
Release of Myanmar Opposition Leader Anticipated (New York Times; November 12, 2010)
Aung San Suu Kyi May Spend Another Night Under House Arrest, Aide Says (NPR; November 12, 2010)
Previous Aung San Suu Kyi news from Shambhala SunSpace
And for more backstory and ongoing coverage, US Campaign for Burma is a must.