Myanmar’s Suu Kyi honors hero father

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YANGON: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi paid tribute to her independence hero father Tuesday at a memorial attended for the first time by the army chief, a rare show of unity in the former junta-run country. The 71-year-old, now steering Myanmar’s first civilian government in decades, laid a wreath at the mausoleum dedicated to her father and eight others assassinated in 1947 during their struggle to win independence from Britain. A heavy security presence surrounded the memorial in Yangon, as huge crowds gathered outside the gates to celebrate the fallen leaders. “We came here to pay respect to our late martyrs who sacrificed for us. We will never forget the 19th of July. We will also support Mother Suu,” Tun Tun, a 21-year-old university student, told Agence France-Presse outside the memorial. Suu Kyi’s father, General Aung San, never lived to see the independence he fought for but remains a deeply revered figure and a core factor behind his daughter’s enduring popularity. Suu Kyi, who was barred from commemorating the anniversary during her years as a political prisoner under the former junta, was joined Tuesday by the country’s still-powerful army chief, Min Aung Hlaing.

AFP

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