Suu Kyi risks arrest with video

May 18, 2011 at 8:33 AM
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SYDNEY, May 18 (UPI) -- Supporters of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said a video message she recorded might have given Myanmar authorities grounds to arrest her again.

Suu Kyi, who spent 15 of the past 21 years under house arrest, distributed a video message aimed at the Australian Parliament, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Wednesday.

In the three-minute video, Suu Kyi said there has been no real move toward democracy in Myanmar since the military rulers held a national election some 100 days ago.

"We have not seen any positive, definite move towards a truly democratic process," Suu Kyi said.

Her supporters said they fear she is risking arrest by distributing the video.

"I think she's trying to have an impact on the Australian Parliament and clearly on the Australian government, but also to get out the message a little more broadly," said Dr. Sean Turnell of Macquarie University in Australia.

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