Monday, October 1, 2012

Suu Kyi leaves San Francisco, heading for LA

Monday, 01 October 2012 13:00 Mizzima News

Aung San Suu Kyi took her US message to the San Francisco bay area on Saturday, where she spoke to a large Burmese audience and received an honoury degree at a local university.

Aung San Suu Kyi says she loves the Golden Gate because San Francisco is the golden gate to many great things. Photo: Anne-Marie Devine / Twitter

During her visit, she met with political leaders and entrepreneurs who expressed their willingness to help support Burma. She said true progress Burma must include all people, and that includes the availability of technology, local media reports said.

When asked what she expected from the high-tech Silicon Valley, she said technology would play a major role in the democratic process in Burma, where few people now have access to the Internet. Her talk was delivered mostly in Burmese to an estimated 5,000 people. The bay area has the largest population of Burmese natives in the US.

“It's not enough to help a country which is emerging from dictatorship into democracy. It has to be helped in such a way that the foundation of a democratic society will be strengthened. This of course means empowering the people,” she said.

On Saturday, Suu Kyi received an honorary doctorate from the University of San Francisco and meet with members of the Burmese community.

“Please help us, but in the right way,” Suu Kyi said. “Please help us, but thoughtfully. Please help us, but with the proper sequencing, as well as with the right speed.”

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