The release of Suu Kyi has been welcomed around the world. The British government described it as “long overdue” while pro democracy supporters cheered her portrait in London’s Trafalgar Square.
They hope this is just the first step towards greater political freedom in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.
Sithu, a member of the association Burma Democratic Concern, said: “Hopefully Suu Kyi will be released completely and unconditionally and then we can go on to get democracy in Burma.”
But the human rights group, Amnesty International, warns this could be just a publicity stunt by Myanmar’s military rulers.
Asian-Pacific director, Sam Zarifi, said: “The crucial test for the government is whether the release of Aung San Suu Kyi is the beginning of a process or a one-off attempt to buy the international community off.
“So what’s important is to see whether there will be an opening of political space, whether the other political prisoners may be released, whether some of the attacks that are taking place on the ethnic communities in the country will stop.”
In France, Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë expressed a similar opinion as he made Suu Kyi an honorary citizen of the city and raised her portrait on City Hall.