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Democracy returns: Aung San Suu Kyi on first overseas trip in 24 years
May 28, 2012 is not just a routine day in Myanmar, it has rather become a polictical landmark as democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi stepped out of the country on this date after a long wait of 24 years.

FIGHTING FOR democracy Aung San Suu Kyi has won over the restrictions imposed on her under the military rule in Myanmar. After a long wait of 24 years, she embarked on a five-day trip overseas trip to Thailand.

During the trip, she will meet Thai Prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, attend the World Economic Forum on East Asia and visit Burmese communities. She landed on Bangok airport and was greeted by media and supporters who were chanting “Mother Suu, Mother Suu!”

Suu was even unable to see her husband Michael Aris who was dying of cancer in 1999 because of her 15-year-long house arrest. She was also denied a visa to visit Burma in 1995.

66-year-old veteran made her last overseas visit in 1988 just before protests erupted, which propelled her to the front of the opposition movement to military rule. In 1989, she was put under house arrest. Even during intermittent periods of freedom she refused to go abroad as she was not sure that she will be allowed to come back to her country.

After her recent victory in the by-elections, this trip is seen as a vote of confidence from her to bring democracy to the country even if it is still ruled by some military authorities. Not only this trip but as per the reports coming she also has a plan to visit Europe in mid-June, which will include the rare honour of addressing both houses of Parliament in Britain. Also she will meet U2 singer Bono in Dublin and most importantly she is going to collect the Nobel peace prize which she got 21 years ago in Oslo.

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