Friday, September 21, 2012

Suu Kyi speaks to Burmese community

Friday, 21 September 2012 12:01 Mizzima News

Aung San Suu Kyi’s third day in Washington saw her meet with members of the Burmese community and speak to Amnesty International.

Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during a town hall meeting hosted by Amnesty International at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, September 20, 2012. Photo: AFP

She met with Burmese monks, who flew to the United States from Burma, and Burmese-Americans from the Washington area during the morning.

“There’s a great future for Burma, provided she’s able to succeed in the next election,” Burmese-American Bilal Raschid told Voice of America (VOA).

Another Burmese native said: “When we left Burma, we thought we would always go back to retire there and I never thought the moment would come because it just seemed like such a faraway goal and at this time, this is a possibility.”

A poignant moment occurred when Suu Kyi called up Toe Lwin, who joined others to save her in 2003 when a mob attacked her convoy and tried to assassinate her.  After that, Toe Lwin escaped to the United States.

 “She said she wanted me to come back to Burma.  Yes, I agreed with her, and I really want to go back to Burma,” Lwin said, according to VOA.

On Burma’s future, she told her fellow natives: “We need to work together with military, various groups and ethnic nationalities.  We need to be cautious but not to have doubt.  Being cautious, being fully aware is totally different from keeping doubt.  Doubt will never help us to move forward.”

In a speech to Amnesty International, she talked about youth in Burma: “It’s not only a matter of making sure that political prisoners are free, you, the young have to get to the root of why there are political prisoners,” she said.

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