Burmese Democracy Leader Aung San Suu Kyi Marks Anniversary

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Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi paid respects to her late mother Monday. Suu Kyi's mother passed away 22 years ago... and was a member of the first parliament in Burma.

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi marked the 22nd anniversary of her mother's death on Monday. The Nobel Peace Prize winner visited her mother's tomb near the southern gate of the Shwedagon Pagoda to mark the occasion.

The tomb has been renovated since Suu Kyi was released from house arrest in November.

Suu Kyi's mother, Khin Kyi, was the wife of Burmese national hero General Aung San. She died on December 27, 1988 at the age of 76, after suffering a stroke.

Daw Khin Kyi was a member of the first parliament of independent Burma, later renamed Myanmar by the military regime. She then became ambassador to India, where Aung San Suu Kyi lived with her until she moved to England for high school and then attended Oxford.

Suu Kyi came back to Rangoon in 1988 to help take care of her ailing mother. At the time the country was experiencing an uprising against the military government in which hundreds were killed.

Suu Kyi became a leader of the pro-democracy movement, and set up the National League for Democracy. She was put under house arrest in 1989.

Since 1989 she has been repeatedly put under house arrest, until her release on November 13.

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