Hundreds of Burmese nationals, both at home and abroad, have been marking the 62nd birthday of their iconic defender of democracy. Aung San Suu Kyi has been kept under house arrest by the ruling military junta on and off for the past 17 years. In that time, she has come to symbolise peaceful and dignified protest against oppressive rule in Myanmar – formerly Burma.
She has not seen her two children since returning to her native country in 1988, fearing that if she leaves she won’t be allowed to return. In 1990, Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won a landslide election victory, but the result was ignored by military leaders. Her continued peaceful protest won her the Nobel peace prize in 1991.