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G8 leaders seek freedom for Aung San Suu Kyi
World leaders are pretty much helpless in the face of fascist tendencies of the Myanmar junta. Yet, they make periodic demands that the rogue junta free Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners. Leaders at the G8 summit made another such appeal
MYANMAR DEMOCRACY icon and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, forlorn under house arrest on University Avenue in Yangon, featured at the G8 summit today. The leaders of G8 countries, who are meeting in Hokkaido in Japan, have called upon the Myanmar military junta to free all political prisoners including Suu Kyi. It also urged the recalcitrant regime of the impoverished Southeast Asian nation to work at political changes and usher in democracy through a process of transition.
The leaders of eight major world economies  - Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, United States and Canada – in a statement on Tuesday called on Myanmar’s  military junta, to release all political detainees including Aung San Suu Kyi with immediate effect and foster a transition to a legitimate, democratic, civilian government.

The Myanmar military junta has persistently turned a deaf ear to international appeals to release Suu Kyi. On the contrary, the regime flouting its own laws has blatantly extended the term of her house arrest in May for another year. Myanmar’s law states that a person "acting against the interest of the country" cannot be held for more than five years at a stretch. It is another matter though that Suu Kyi hailed the world over as an icon for the struggle for democracy, has not flouted any law.

 Her arrest and detention has been arbitrary and the junta has kept her under house arrest, mortally afraid that if released her freedom would unleash frenetic demands for a transition to democracy in the country and an end to military dictatorship. It would, the regime apprehends, snowball into a movement for change, a taste of which the junta has already got in September 2007, when students, people and monks hit the streets demanding change in the country, two decades after the 1988 uprising against military dictatorship. As such, the repressive regime has kept her under detention for over 12 of the 18 years that she has pent in Myanmar.

In the current scenario, therefore the appeal by leaders of then G8 countries is again likely to fall on deaf ears.

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