19 Jun '11, 4am

Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi celebrates birthday in freedom for the 1st time in nearly a decade

Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi celebrates birthday in freedom for the 1st time in nearly a decade

A Buddhist monk looks at a poster of Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi for sale as they visit her National League for Democracy (NLD) party's headquarters in Yangon, Myanmar, before her 66th birthday. -- PHOTO: AP YANGON (Myanmar) - FOR the first time in nearly a decade, Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi celebrated her birthday in freedom on Sunday. The Nobel Peace laureate turned 66, and received one gift at Yangon's international airport: the arrival of her youngest son, Kim Aris, who lives in Britain and kissed his mother on arrival. Ms Suu Kyi has celebrated 15 birthdays in detention or house arrest over the past 22 years, and this was the first in nine years that she was able to mark freely with friends, family and supporters. Ruled by the military since 1962, Myanmar held its first elections in 20 years in November. Ms Suu Kyi was released from seven ye...

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