Aung San Suu Kyi Marks Burma's Independence Day

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Burma's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi celebrated the 63rd anniversary of Burma's independence on Tuesday. To mark the occasion, Suu Kyi gave a speech calling for human rights in order for Burma to make progress.

On Tuesday, Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi gave a speech to mark the 63rd anniversary of Burma's independence from Britain in 1948.

Three hundred members and supporters of Burma's disbanded opposition National League for Democracy party gathered at its headquarters in Rangoon to mark the occasion.

They also paid respects to Suu Kyi's father, General Aung San, who was assassinated a year earlier. In her speech, Suu Kyi called for political, economic, and social independence for all people in Burma.

[Aung San Suu Kyi, Pro-democracy Leader]:
"When we get freedom based on human rights, our country will develop. If our country develops, we can be free from economic pressure and crisis."

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi was released from seven years of house arrest on November 13, six days before the country held its first general election in two decades.

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