November 13th, 2010
06:00 AM ET

Myanmar activist Aung San Suu Kyi released

Myanmar activist Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest Saturday, police outside her home said. CNN could not independently verify the report.

Crowds of supporters waited near her home in Yangon. Hundreds of others waited near her National League for Democracy.

Suu Kyi has spent 15 of the past 21 years under house arrest because of her fight for democracy in the nation formerly known as Burma.

Security has been stepped up in Myanmar, but it was unclear whether that was because of the country's first elections in two decades last Sunday.


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  1. ybs

    Free at last... Congrats!

    November 13, 2010 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
    • ybs

      Thanks to Obama for weighing in! Your "unclench your fist" speech works wonders!

      November 13, 2010 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
    • ybs

      Aung San Suu Kyi, we need more people like you!

      With admiration & happiness.

      November 13, 2010 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Orion Burma

    Long Live, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi!

    There's a lot of work to be done though. I hope that everyone will pitch in.

    November 13, 2010 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. Blueready

    It is impressive to hear her release. It is a step forward for Myanmar

    November 13, 2010 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. Steph I.

    Finally !!! now I hope that things will not be so rough but this will be a process.
    my hope never waned, now I do hope that Gen.The will be enlightened to be more compassionate
    though i know that that might be more of a wish

    November 13, 2010 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. mark whitfield

    The persistence of democracy will resolve for those with patients.

    November 13, 2010 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. OhthatChar

    Beware of the two-faced and walk with trepidation.

    November 13, 2010 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bhagirath Gopinath

    Hope this is good start for this poverty struck nation. It's time the junta should go. God speed !!!!!!!

    November 13, 2010 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. mark whitfield

    With patience-it's early and I'm on my blackberry

    November 13, 2010 at 6:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. shamsundar

    very difficult to decipher this. does it mean, there would be some democracy allowed? how much? whatever may be motive in releasing Suukyi, it is a good news for Myammar people.

    November 13, 2010 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. Philip Htoon

    The people and citizens of Myanmar (Burma) have long suffered too much and for too long. The innocent people and citizens of Myanmar (Burma) all deserve a relief for a much better life.

    Please free the people to free yourself!

    May we all Live in Peace, Harmony and Happiness!

    November 13, 2010 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sam from Burma

    Good news! But, the release of DASSK is timed up after the victory of the junta. The release will make the people all over the world notices the legitimacy of the new junta's transformed elected government. Some credits may go go the junta. The card is being played by the junta. The junta is watching the outcome of this freedom. They may trap her anytime back into the cage if their position in power is shaken. Let's see how the game's will go on.

    November 13, 2010 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
    • OhthatChar

      Exactly. Too good to be true for the pure beauty of this.

      November 13, 2010 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. Lee Smith (South Africa)

    I pray she is free to make the changes she has sacrificed her life for.We enjoyed the fruits of that freedom here in South Africa Enjoy this time with your family Ang.

    November 13, 2010 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jim Brieske

    Gimme a break. Free to do what? I'm beginning to think the Chinese President is just a little yellow man whose skin color matches his courage level. They should invade Burma, destroy some of the Army and kill the General who is not the rightful leader.
    After that they leave and this woman is made the leader. Unfortunately her party is democratic and not communist otherwise those litlle yellow fuks would have already done it.
    We need to become nationalists and break ties with China as soon as possible if they do not cooperate.
    Those Chinese p/ricks who fired an ICBM from 35 miles off our West Coast are nationalists.

    November 13, 2010 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. cesar

    Jim has a point, free to do what? The people there are not as free as us Americans, but more free than Iranians. Chinese love to eat duck more than turkey. Once I saw a Donald Duck cartoon. There was a family raising a turkey. The poor turkey thought he was a pet. But Donald Duck told him he wasn't a pet, and if he wanted to live past Thanksgiving, he better lose weight. So Donald helped him loose weight. He had the turkey jog, pump iron, get on a diet, etc. Then on Thanksgiving eve, the humans saw the turkey so skinny, that they didn't want him. Donald Duck was plump and juicy. Donald said,"Why are you looking at me that way?" He knew they were hungry for him now, and not the skinny turkey. Donald the Duck got scared and ran off.

    November 13, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. CrisTechnology

    The world must change, it is. The world's people deserve better. Happy to here this. Read her book

    November 13, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
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