Burma, or Myanmar, as it is now officially called, is possibly the most mysterious country in Asia. Burma/Myanmar has long been ruled by a repressive military government. Within this hostile political environment, one main source of opposition has developed, the National League for Democracy. Its leader is Aung San Suu Kyi (b. 1945), the daughter of U Aung San, leader of the struggle for Burmese independence, who was assassinated when she was two years old.
Defying her government, Aung San Suu Kyi organized a conference of opposition leaders during the past weekend. Nearly all of those who attempted to attend were arrested and imprisoned.
Ms. Aung San was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991.
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