Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi led a march of 3000 supporters on Tuesday, in honour of her late father who was assassinated, just as the country was granted independence from Britain.
After several years of house arrest, it was the first time in nine years that the 66-year-old took part in the Martyrs’ Day commemoration at the Yangon mausoleum where her father’s tomb is kept.
In 1947, her father Aung San and the rest of the cabinet of what was then called Burma were gunned down by a rival political group.
Suu Kyi’s popularity as the daughter of the country’s ‘independence hero‘ irritated the country’s military junta which ruled for nearly 50 years.
A civilian government was formed just this year.
After the official ceremony, a private Martyrs’ Day event was held at Suu Kyi’s party headquarters.
Suu Kyi was then followed by party leaders and supporters as they headed back to the Mausoleum without police hindrance.
Suu Kyi in Martyrs' Day March