Burma Day 2: University Avenue Awaits

The propaganda sign that has for so many years stood at the junction of University Avenue and Kabar Aye Pagoda road no longer warns you against the evils of “stooges” and “destructive elements”. The barriers too have been removed since mid May when Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was hauled off to Insein Prison in an underhand attempt by the military regime to sideline 54 University Avenue - home of Aung San Suu Kyiher once again from not just politics but more importantly as a beacon of hope to her people – the 50 million who are forced to suffer in silence along with the thousands who refuse to be silent yet suffer in jail for their views. All that is left are bright yellow gates, the NLD flags fluttering in the breeze and the crumbling lakeside house at 54 University Avenue. In a matter of days the barriers are likely to be re-instated as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will surely be returned to house arrest for a couple of years. This is likely to be the closest you’ll be able to get for some time…

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