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Archbishop Tutu Calls for Release of Burmese Pro-Democracy Leader


Retired South African Bishop Desmond Tutu has joined calls for the release of Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Archbishop Tutu says as long as his fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner remains under house arrest, then nobody is truly free.

The archbishop's comments were in a statement released Wednesday by a group campaigning for democracy in Burma.

The group is organizing protests against Aung San Suu Kyi's continued detention to coincide with her 60th birthday on June 19th. The campaign is similar to one in 1988 to protest South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela's imprisonment on his 70th birthday.

Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest since she was arrested in May 2003 after a clash between her supporters and a pro-government group in northern Burma.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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