Suu Kyi: From political prisoner to pariah and back again

Aung San Suu Kyi was two years old when her father, the independence hero Aung San, was assassinated by gunmen in Myanmar’s then-capital Yangon. Her status as the daughter of a national martyr came to define her entire life. In 1988, as student-led protesters rose up against military rule, Suu Kyi quickly became their leader. After the uprising was bloodily repressed, she was placed under house arrest, where she spent a total of 15 years before finally being freed in 2010, when Myanmar began transitioning to partial civilian rule. “She never for one moment forgot that she was the daughter of B…

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