Burma Frees 15 Opposition Supporters
By VOA News
10 June 2008
Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party says the military government has released 15 party members detained last month for marching to the Nobel Peace laureate's home.
The National League for Democracy members were detained on May 27, after they marched from the party's headquarters to Aung San Suu Kyi's home in Rangoon to demand her release from house arrest.
Party spokesman Nyan Win said Tuesday that all 15 were released Monday night.
The NLD won a general election by a landslide 18 years ago, but the military never recognized the result and did not let the party take power.
The party has rejected the results of a recent constitutional referendum, which the government says will clear the way for new elections in 2010.
Aung San Suu Kyi is legally barred from running in the 2010 election because she was married to a foreign (British) national.
She has been kept under house arrest for 12 of the last 18 years. Her detention was extended last month for another six months. Her British husband died in 1999.