Aung San Suu Kyi Calls for Unity on First Political Trip

Posted August 14th, 2011 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi called for unity Sunday, as she addressed crowds on her first political trip outside her home city of Rangoon since she was freed from house arrest last November.

Hundreds of people lined the roads to greet the Nobel peace laureate as she made stops in the northern towns of Bago and Thanatpin during her one-day trip.

The 66-year-old activist called for unity and asked crowds to support her National League for Democracy party, which the previous military government disbanded before general elections last year.

Her trip to meet with supporters in the countryside proceeded peacefully, despite a government warning that it could trigger riots.

Officials from Aung San Suu Kyi's NLD said there will be more trips in the future.

Plainclothes police monitored the route her 30-car entourage took. Security was a concern because her last convoy was ambushed during a trip in 2003 by supporters of the military regime. She escaped harm, but was then confined for seven years.