Burma Heroine in Chains

The Nobel Peace Prize won by Aung San Suu Kyi, under house arrest since 1989, will not bring her freedom

As the overnight curfew ended, a squad of soldiers lifted barbed-wire barricades from the middle of Rangoon's tree-lined University Avenue. Then they took up positions, as they do every day, at four sentry boxes in front of the residential compound where Aung San Suu Kyi, 46, the leader of Burma's democratic opposition, has been under house arrest since July 1989.

Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee said last week that they could not be sure that Aung San Suu Kyi even knew she had been awarded the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize. But if she has access to a shortwave radio, she...

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