Myanmar`s detained democracy icon dreams of tweets

Myanmar`s detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi wants to get a Twitter account.

Yangon: Myanmar`s detained pro-democracy
leader Aung San Suu Kyi wants to get a Twitter account once
she is released from house arrest so she can get in touch with
the younger generation after years of isolation, her lawyer
said on Monday.

The 65-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has been
detained by the military government for 15 of the past 21
years, entered her latest period of detention in May 2003,
before the Twitter era started.

Her detention expires on November 13, prompting
speculation she will be freed though there has been no such
official announcement from the ruling junta. The country`s
first election in 20 years will take place days earlier on
November 7, timing that analysts say was designed to keep the
opposition leader locked away for the polls.

"Daw Aung San Suu Kyi`s current wish is to sign up on
Twitter when she is released," said her lawyer Nyan Win, who
has visited her twice in the past week. "Daw" is a title of
respect in Myanmar.

"She told me she wants to use Twitter to get in touch
with the younger generation inside and outside the country,"
he said. "She wishes to be able to tweet every day and keep in
touch."

Suu Kyi has no phone line or any access to the internet,
though she has a laptop computer, Nyan Win said. He described
her as computer and tech-savvy and adept with electronic
gadgets.

PTI

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