No freedom for Suu Kyi
Refusing to bow to international pressure, the Burmese military junta yesterday thrust Aung San Suu Kyi back into the shadows by renewing the house-arrest order that has confined her to her run-down Rangoon villa for most of the past decade and a half.
Optimism had been stirred when the UN's under-secretary for political affairs, Ibrahim Gambari, was allowed to visit Ms Suu Kyi last weekend, the first time she had seen an outsider for two years. The spirits soon plummeted when a government official said her detention had been extended for one year, despite a direct appeal by the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, to the Burmese supremo, General Than Shwe.
The outrageous decision in the face of the UN and the opinion the world opinion is yet another blow to all who hope for a free and democratic Burma, and shows once and for all that the Burmese rulers are not only cruel and brutal, but also unusually stupid and out of touch with the world. Read more in The Independent.