Monday, October 31, 2011

Aung San Suu Kyi

The speech that I found to be more interesting and stood out the most was the one from Aung San Suu Kyi’s son. She was under house arrest at the time, fighting for what she got the Nobel Peace Prize for, and could not go and accept the prize herself. Throughout the speech her son talked of many of her selfless acts and opinions. He said, in the beginning of the speech, “ firstly, I know that she would begin by saying that she accepts the Nobel Prize for Peace not in her own name but in the name of all the people of Burma.” He went on to say how she would probably say the prize belongs to them, not her. I find this to be an amazing display of selflessness. Even though she fought for it, she was on house arrest, and stayed on house arrest for 16 years for the fight for democracy in Burma, and she sacraficed so much she still wouldn’t accept it for herself.

In modern day Burma there is still hostility and the fight for democracy going on. The military had taken prisioner thousands of people, an estimated 6,359 people, many of which are political leaders, or representatives. In the article I read it said that the prisioners that were released were released in a liberation gesture. Even though the hostility continues the release of prisioners in encouragement that they are getting closer to a democracy in Burma. They have not released some of the more prominent political figures such as Min Ko Naing and Ko Ko Gyi. In the article it also says that Aung San Suu Kyi was still playing a major role in the fight for democracy.


  1. I found this speech to be interesting as well. Although her son was giving it, you could tell that she was a very selfless person and you could see that aspect in her son, as well. It's sad that Burma is still at conflict with the fight for democracy. I hope Burma achieves the role of democracy soon.

  2. I is amazing how selfless this woman is, and she is someone for people to look up too. The release of prisoners is a great step toward democracy, and hopefully it is achieved there soon.