Burma Opposition Leader Make First Political Trip

Posted August 13th, 2011 at 11:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has begun her first political trip outside her home city of Rangoon since she was freed from house arrest last November.

Her one-day trip Sunday to meet with supporters in the countryside was proceeding peacefully, despite a government warning that it could trigger riots.

More than 200 supporters met her when she arrived in a convoy of about 30 cars at a pagoda in the town of Bago, about 80 kilometers north of Rangoon. She is also scheduled to visit the nearby town of Thanatpin and open a public library.

Officials from Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party said there will be more trips in the future.

Plainclothes police monitored the area. Security is a concern because her last convoy was ambushed during a trip in 2003 by supporters of the military regime.