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Aung San Suu Kyi freed in Burma

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been released by the Burmese military junta amid scenes of jubilation outside her lakeside home.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who has been detained for 15 of the past 21 years, was greeted by massive crowds who flooded the streets of Rangoon as news of her freedom spread.

Huge cheers erupted as she emerged from the compound where she has been held for more than seven years to address thousands of well-wishers.

"If we work in unity, we will achieve our goal. We have a lot of things to do," she told them.

Her release was welcomed by Prime Minister David Cameron and US president Barack Obama as "long overdue".

Back in Britain, her brother-in-law Adrian Phillips said: "At long last she's free".

The development came a week after the country's first elections in 20 years, which handed victory to the pro-military party but were condemned as a sham by critics.

Weeping supporters chanted, sang the national anthem and cheered as Ms Suu Kyi promised she would see them again at the headquarters of her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).

Police, who have maintained a presence outside her home for some time, soon began to take down barricades.

Crowds rapidly began to swell as supporters arrived wearing T-shirts bearing Ms Suu Kyi's image and waving placards in solidarity.


From Belfast Telegraph