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Aung San Suu Kyi Under House Arrest Again - 2003-09-28


Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has spent her first full day recovering from major surgery under new house arrest restrictions.

Burmese military rulers in Rangoon on Saturday tightened security around the 58-year old opposition leader's lakeside home. Screening all visitors, police turned away a group of U.S. and European diplomats trying to visit the Nobel peace laureate.

Aung San Suu Kyi spent nearly four months in detention at a secret location. She was placed under house arrest after being discharged from a Rangoon hospital Friday following major surgery.

In the first public comments since her detention, she drew attention to the plight of her colleagues. In a statement, she said "I thank you for your warm concern and am confident that you have equal concern for my supporters."

The United States and Britain have demanded Burma's military rulers unconditionally release Aung San Suu Kyi. The U.S. State Department called for Burma's government to immediately lift all restrictions on the opposition leader and other political prisoners.

Burma's neighbors, Indonesia and Thailand, said Aung San Suu Kyi's return to her home is a step in the right direction, but also called for the lifting of all restrictions on her and her followers.

Burma's military government has detained Aung San Suu Kyi in one form or another for most of the last 15years. Her National League for Democracy won Burma's last parliamentary election by a landslide in 1990, but military rulers refused to relinquish power.

Information for this report is provided by AFP and Reuters.

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