Speaking to hundreds of rapturous supporters who had waited nearly six years for the moment, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi called Tuesday for a new spirit of compromise between the democracy movement in Myanmar, the nation formerly known as Burma, and the junta leaders who released her from house arrest this week.
Aung San Suu Kyi, the 50-year-old Nobel Prizewinning opposition leader who was freed from confinement on Monday, made her first public appearance since July 1989, telling the crowd gathered outside the gates of her dilapidated lakeside home that she would continue to fight for democracy in Myanmar.
“We will produce the form of government that the people want,” she said to cheers from supporters who had been gathered since dawn, at times choking off traffic on the busy road outside her home.
“But at the same time, we must not be reckless,” the opposition leader cautioned. “We will surely get to our destination if we join hands. We will not bear grudges against anybody else. We have to try to understand each other.”