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Aung San Suu Kyi tastes freedom after 15 years of house arrest

Burmese democracy leader, 65, emerges to scenes of jubilation after fifteen years of house arrest under the country's military government

Aung San Suu Kyi tastes freedom after 15 years of house arrest
Myanmar's newly-released opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi smiles as she arrives at the National League for Democracy headquarters in Yangon on November 15, 2010. Myanmar's newly freed democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi returned to work for the first time in years as she knuckled down to the task of rebuilding her weakened party
Aung San Suu Kyi tastes freedom after 15 years of house arrest
Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi reached out to Myanmar's splintered opposition forces as she addressed thousands of exuberant supporters following her release from years of house arrest
Aung San Suu Kyi tastes freedom after 15 years of house arrest
Aung San Suu Kyi fights through the crowd. Last week's elections in Burma have the junta’s Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) winning 187 of 219 seats declared. Independent monitors and opposition parties, including one previously supporting the government, insist that it has cheated, by adding large numbers of fraudulently obtained advance votes
Aung San Suu Kyi tastes freedom after 15 years of house arrest
Myanmar's newly freed Aung San Suu Kyi was 'ready for dialogue' with the regime, her lawyer said on November 15
Aung San Suu Kyi tastes freedom after 15 years of house arrest
Myanmar's newly-released opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi greets crowds of reporters on her first day of freedom
Aung San Suu Kyi tastes freedom after 15 years of house arrest
A Buddhist monk holds a picture of Myanmar's newly-released opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the National League for Democracy headquarters in Yangon
Aung San Suu Kyi tastes freedom after 15 years of house arrest
Despite the release of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the military government is fully committed to remaining in unchallenged control of Burma, as the recent rigged elections show
Aung San Suu Kyi tastes freedom after 15 years of house arrest
The car of Myanmar's newly-released opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi fights its way through crowds of supporters
Aung San Suu Kyi tastes freedom after 15 years of house arrest
Myanmar activists take part in a demonstration outside the Myanmar embassy in Bangkok on November 14, 2010. Myanmar activists presented a bouquet of flowers to embassy officials in thanks for the military junta finally releasing democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi after years of illegal detention
Aung San Suu Kyi tastes freedom after 15 years of house arrest
Nepalese human rights activists gather in Kathmandu on November 14, 2010 to celebrate Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's release. Military-ruled Myanmar freed Nobel Peace Prize-winner Suu Kyi on November 13, 2010 after her latest period of house arrest expired, giving the country a powerful pro-democracy voice just days after a widely criticized election
Aung San Suu Kyi tastes freedom after 15 years of house arrest
Myanmar's newly-released opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech to thousands of supporters
Aung San Suu Kyi tastes freedom after 15 years of house arrest
Myanmar's newly-released opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is surrounded by supporters and photographers as she arrives at her National League for Democracy headquarters
Aung San Suu Kyi tastes freedom after 15 years of house arrest
Supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi gather at her party's headquarters in Yangon, Burma. The pro-democracy leader was released by the country's military leaders days after the country held its first elections in 20 years
Aung San Suu Kyi tastes freedom after 15 years of house arrest
Parisians participate in a support demonstration for 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner and Honorary Citizen of Paris, Aung San Suu kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi tastes freedom after 15 years of house arrest
Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi appears at the gate of her house after her release in Yangon on November 13, 2010. Myanmar's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi walked free from the lakeside home that has been her prison for most of the past two decades, to the delight of huge crowds of waiting supporters. Waving and smiling, the petite but indomitable Nobel Peace Prize winner appeared outside the crumbling mansion where she had been locked up by the military junta for 15 of the past 21 years
Aung San Suu Kyi tastes freedom after 15 years of house arrest
Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi walks towards the gate of her house to meet with supporters after her release in Yangon
Aung San Suu Kyi tastes freedom after 15 years of house arrest
Supporters of Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi hold up portraits of her at the National League for Democracy headquarters on November 13, 2010 in Yangon, Burma