Suu Kyi to make `political` Myanmar trip
Myanmar`s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is to make her first overtly political trip outside her home city since she was freed from house arrest
Yangon: Myanmar`s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is to make her first overtly political trip outside her home city since she was freed from house arrest, her spokesman said Sunday, defying authorities` warnings.
Suu Kyi will visit the Bago region, about 50 miles (80 kilometres) north of Yangon, on August 14 to attend a library opening and meet members of a youth forum, Nyan Win of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party told a news agency.
He described the visit as "political" but only a day-trip out of Yangon.
"She will leave at 6:00am and return in the evening," he said. "After this trip she will try to make another trip," outside Yangon, he added.
In June Myanmar`s regime told Suu Kyi, who was released from seven years of house arrest in November, to halt all political activities and warned that a political tour could spark chaos and riots.
In a subsequent tentative test of her freedom, Suu Kyi visited an ancient temple city in central Myanmar with her son for a few days in July, but the trip was describe as private, with politics not officially on the agenda.
She drew large crowds and was trailed by plain clothes police, but they allowed her to travel unhindered as she avoided making public speeches.
The democracy champion was freed shortly after elections that were won overwhelmingly by the military`s political proxies, amid claims of cheating and the exclusion of Suu Kyi from the process.
The 66-year-old has spent much of the last two decades in detention, and some observers believe the government would be quick to restrict her freedom again if she is perceived to threaten their rule.
Security is also a major concern because her convoy was attacked in 2003 during a political trip, in an ambush apparently organised by a regime frightened by her popularity.
Late last month she held her first talks with a member of the new government, labour minister Aung Kyi, in contacts that have raised hopes for an ongoing dialogue between the two sides.
Her party, which won a landslide election victory two decades ago that was never recognised by the junta, was disbanded by the military regime last year because it boycotted the latest vote, saying the rules were unfair.