Pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has been freed from seven years of house arrest by Myanmar’s military rulers.
She greeted the more than 1,000 supporters outside her home, urging unity. “Only then can we achive our goal,” she said.
It is a sign that the Nobel peace laureate is set to continue her struggle against dictatorship in the former Burma.
Rumours had been rife that the opposition leader would be freed today, as her latest spell of detention expires. When police removed barriers around her home, the crowd knew her release was imminent.
Detained for 15 of the past 21 years, she has asked supporters to listen to her speak tomorrow at the headquarters of her National League for Democracy. It has been disbanded by the regime which sees Suu Kyi as less of a threat after last Sunday’s elections, officially won by an army-backed party.