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A Burmese Doctor Talks About The Political Situation In Burma After Fifteen Years Of 8888 Uprising - 2003-08-13


In 1988 during the brutal crackdown by the Burmese military , Dr. Win was one of the doctors at the Rangoon General hospital who was on duty when the injured demonstrators were brought to the ER .

In her analysis she said , “Although the military government has become more repressive the Burmese people have shown great desire for change and to establish democracy in the country."

She noted unlike in 1988 when the country used to be behind closed doors, Burma is now under scrutiny of the international community . She said the Burmese Freedom and Democracy 2003 Act, which imposes US sanctions on Burma is the most recent example that the world cares about what is happening in Burma.

Next, Dr. Win commented on the role of Burmese Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi since 1988. Ms. Suu Kyi who came back to Burma during that year to nurse her ailing mother was approached by Burmese students to become leader in the pro-democracy movement. Dr. Win said, "When she married British Professor Dr. Michael Aris, she made him promise one thing. That when her country needs her, he would have to let her go to serve her country."

Dr. Win said since arriving in Burma during a span of 15 years Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been arrested three times. The first time she was put under house arrest for six years, the second for nearly two years and the most recent after May 30th.

Depeyin crisis she was again arrested by the military regime and was reported to be held in an undisclosed location. Dr. Win said the Burmese Democracy leader is a woman of great courage and has sacrificed her personal life for her country .

She has refused to leave the country to tend to her cancer-stricken husband for fear she would not be allowed to return to her country and as a mother, she has also missed seeing her two sons grow up and has now even become a grandmother.

However, Dr. Win said ,“Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has served her country for the past 15 years and I believe will continue to do so as long as she lives.”

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