Update Friday, 2 pm Paris time: According to several media reports from Rangoon, Aung San Suu Kyi will not be freed today as she is demanding unconditional release, while the regime is attempting to restrict her from travelling around the country and engaging in political activities. The Guardian reports that U Win Tin, the NLD co-founder, appeared at the military roadblock outside the gates of her compound as dusk fell and told supporters, journalists and diplomats gathered there that the Suu Kyi had been told she “could go this day” but would likely not appear in public before tomorrow because of an impasse in negotiations. NDL leaders told supporters gathered outside the party headquarters to return home and come back Saturday morning.
Hundreds of supporters of Burmese dissident Aung San Suu Kyi gathered in front of her National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Rangoon on Friday amid reports of her imminent release. The Democratic Voice of Burma, a non-profit pro-Democracy media, sent us footage of the gathering.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner, locked up for most of the past two decades, is still seen as the biggest threat to the junta, but her freedom appears to be a price it is willing to pay to deflect criticism of elections held on 7 November, which have been denounced as fraudulent by the international community, with the exception of China and other countries in the region. Officially, the junta's USPD party claimed 80% of the vote.
"The authorities will release her. It is certain," a government official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Lawyers for the 65-year-old dissident say her current term of house arrest started with her imprisonment on May 14 last year and so is due to end on Saturday. "They cannot extend her detention according to the law," says one of her lawyers, Nyan Win. "They should release her for the country."
The daughter of Myanmar's founding father General Aung San swept her National League for Democracy (NLD) to victory in elections two decades ago, but the party was never allowed to take power by the junta.