February 2nd, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — Ros Atkins World Have Your Say BBC program is one of my favorite shows on public radio — 1 p.m. week days on WCPN — because he takes the man-in-the-street concept global.

On yesterday’s show, Aung San Suu Kyi fielded questions from around the world. In light of protests in North Africa, Suu Kyi response to an Egyptian caller is particularly important:”

I wouldn’t presume to advise you because you seem to know what you want to do and you seem to be going about it the right way. But I do want to remind you to keep a cool head and a strong heart and to never lose hope and to keep on going.”

I think after so many years people have got tired of the military. I think what it showed is that people have much better means of getting in touch with each other and arranging mass public demonstrations. [I’m not] necessarily envious but very interested and we are interested in the parallels in Egypt and the parallels with Burma but the institutions are not exactly the same. I think protests are one way of bringing about change but not necessarily the best way.”

I can’t say that I wish what was happening in Egypt was happening in Burma. But I am very, very interested and I sympathise with all those people who want freedom anywhere in the world. We want people to get the freedom that they deserve. I want them to succeed in what they are trying to achieve. As for the President leaving I think it depends on the situation in the country. I think if the situation has been such that there’s no other way then surely they have take whatever opportunities they get.”

What an amazing woman.

Do what you can to make this a good morning, Myanmar.


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