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    Aung San Suu Kyi Urges National Unity In Burma


    by NTDTelevision

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    Aung San Suu Kyi is calling for national unity, as Burma celebrates the 90th anniversary of National Day. But her National League for Democracy party faces an uncertain future at the hands of the ruling military junta.

    Aung San Suu Kyi and her disbanded party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), marked the 90th anniversary of National Day on Wednesday.

    Hundreds of pro-democracy activists and NLD supporters gathered at the NLD headquarters to mark the day when students at the University of Yangoon first went on strike against British colonial rule in 1920.

    Suu Kyi used her speech to call for national unity.

    [Aung San Suu Kyi, Pro-Democracy Leader]:
    ''There are national affairs along with the existence of our nation. And these national affairs are our tasks and our responsibility as well as our goal."

    The NLD also called for the unconditional and immediate release of all political prisoners, as well as political dialogue.

    Last month Suu Kyi was released after seven years of incarceration.
    Her National League for Democracy party was disbanded by the regime in September because it boycotted the election: it is now viewed as an "unlawful association" by the government.

    However, the NLD insists its dissolution was unconstitutional and its members are behaving as if it is still a functioning party.

    Some suggest the NLD will work like a social organization or advocacy group, perhaps strengthening its ranks to contest the next election in 2015.
    It might also join ranks with other pro-democracy groups that ran in the November 7th poll.

    However, the NLD would be taking a risk.
    The military junta could easily crack down on the party's activities, arrest its members and put Suu Kyi back in detention.