Events in the life of Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi

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Posted: Mar 31, 2012 2:10 AM
Events in the life of Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi is running for a parliamentary seat in Sunday's by-elections. The vote has taken on immense symbolic importance because it will likely see the former political prisoner and Nobel peace laureate win her first term in office.

Here are some key events in the life of Suu Kyi, who became the face of Myanmar's struggle for democracy while locked under house arrest for two decades:


_ June 19, 1945: Born in Yangon, then called Rangoon. She is the daughter of national hero Gen. Aung San and Daw Khin Kyi, also a prominent public figure.

_ July 1947: Aung San and six members of his interim government are assassinated by rivals. Suu Kyi is 2.

_ 1960: After finishing high school, Suu Kyi leaves for further study in New Delhi, where her mother is Burma's ambassador. She later moves to England to study at Oxford University.

_ 1972: Marries Michael Aris, an Oxford University academic. Son Alexander born in 1973, son Kim born in 1977.


_ April 1988: Suu Kyi returns home to attend to her ailing mother just as pro-democracy protests erupt against the military junta. Her mother dies later that year.

_ Aug. 8-11, 1988: Mass demonstrations throughout Burma. Security forces open fire on demonstrators. Hundreds are killed.

_ September 1988: Suu Kyi helps found opposition party, the National League for Democracy.

_ June 1989: The government renames the country Myanmar and the capital Yangon.

_ July 1989: Suu Kyi, an increasingly outspoken critic of the junta, and her deputy, Tin Oo, are put under house arrest.

_ May 1990: The junta calls general elections. Suu Kyi's party wins a landslide victory, but the military refuses to hand over power.

_ October 1991: Suu Kyi is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her peaceful struggle against the regime.

_ July 1995: Suu Kyi is released from house arrest but remains in Myanmar, fearing she will never be let back into the country if she leaves.

_ March 1999: Aris, who has not seen his wife since 1995 because the junta repeatedly denied him a visa, dies of cancer in England.

_ September 2000: Suu Kyi is placed under house arrest after attempting to leave Yangon for a political meeting.

_ May 2002: Suu Kyi is released from house arrest.

_ May 2003: Suu Kyi is put back under house arrest. She is taken into "protective custody" after her motorcade is ambushed by a government-backed mob.

_ August 2007: Protests start over fuel price increases, then swell into the largest pro-democracy demonstrations since 1988. The movement was dubbed the "Saffron Revolution" because it was led by saffron-robed Buddhist monks.

_ Aug. 11, 2009: Suu Kyi's detention is extended by 18 months when a court convicts her of violating her house arrest by briefly sheltering an American intruder who swam to her house uninvited.

_ Nov. 7, 2010: Myanmar's first elections in 20 years. Pro-junta party wins landslide victory in polls critics say were rigged and rampant with fraud.

_ Nov. 13, 2010: Suu Kyi's detention expires and she is freed.

_ Jan. 18, 2012: Suu Kyi registers for April 1 by-election, kicking off a campaign that draws ecstatic nationwide support.

_ April 1, 2012: By-elections to fill 45 seats in the 664-seat Parliament. If Suu Kyi wins it would be her first elected office after two decades as a symbolic opposition leader.