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A glimpse of Aung San Suu Kyi compound


Sam Roggeveen


15 May 2009 09:42

I don't want to say how I got hold of the picture below, but it is a recent photo of the home of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

As reported in the media, the actions of a loony American swimming across Inya Lake (in central Rangoon) and staying uninvited at the house have given the regime an excuse to charge Aung San Suu Kyi (and two female companions) with violating the terms of her house arrest, by failing to report an overnight guest, as required under Burmese law. 

Foreign Minister Stephen Smith made a statement about the incident in parliament yesterday, and there have been statements from other world leaders. 

The portrait at the top of the gate is of Aung San Suu Kyi's father, renowned Burmese independence hero Aung San, who was assassinated in 1947. The flags flying over the gate, and painted on the gate's supports, is that of the National League for Democracy (hence the 'NLD' painted beside the gate). 
According to my source, the lake side of her compound may have no barriers, presumably on the assumption that no-one would or could enter her compound from that direction. But some recent Burmese activist reports suggest that, since the visit by the American became known, the regime has unrolled barbed wire along the lake shore, inside her compound.