From the streets of London to the White House in Washington, calls are multiplying for the immediate and unconditional release of Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. But the generals ruling Myanmar appear indifferent to the outcry over the latest sentence handed down to her. But international protests in support of Suu Kyi are being accompanied by calls for tougher santions against the regime, with the European Union set to lead the way.
The Burmese pro-democracy leader has already spent 14 of the past 20 years in detention. She was sentenced to a further 18 months of house arrest for violating security laws after an American man swam uninvited to her lakeside home in May. He has been given seven years hard labour. The junta stands accused of delivering a sentence designed to keep the Nobel peace laureate out of next year’s elections. An emergency UN Security Council meeting was adjourned, with no official statement on the verdict.