Planning landmark Myanmar political tour: Suu Kyi

Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is planning a political tour of Myanmar.

Hong Kong: Democracy icon Aung San Suu
Kyi said on Monday she is planning a political tour of Myanmar, a
move likely to test her popularity and the limits of her
freedom after being freed six months ago.

Suu Kyi, who spent seven years in detention until last
November, was asked at a videoconference in Hong Kong to
confirm reports she will launch political rallies across the

"I hope to travel... in the month of June," the Nobel
Peace Prize winner told over 1,000 academics, students and
public gathered at the University of Hong Kong.

"Where I will be going I can`t tell you yet. We are
trying to work out the itinerary," she said.

Suu Kyi`s travels around the country have landed her
in trouble with the Myanmar authorities several times in the
past, but the 65-year-old said she had not been given any
safety assurance on her latest planned tour.

"I have not been given any safety assurance," she
said, but added that it was the "duty of the government" to
protect every Myanmar citizen.

Suu Kyi`s most recent stint in detention came after
her convoy was attacked in 2003 in an ambush apparently
organised by a regime frightened by her popularity.

She was arrested along with many party activists and
later moved back to her Yangon home -- where she had spent
most of the past two decades in detention -- and placed under
house arrest for a third time.

The junta said four people were killed in that attack
but her National League for Democracy party put the toll at
nearly 100.

The tour will be a test of both Suu Kyi`s popularity
following an election that has left her sidelined from
politics, and of her freedom to travel around the country
unhindered by the authorities.


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