Aung San Suu Kyi has become an icon of peaceful resistance in the face of repression.
The 65-year-old Burmese has spent most of the last 20 years in some form of imprisonment because of her efforts to bring democracy to Burma.
After years of detainment by the junta, Aung San Suu Kyi was finally released in November 2010.
Nevertheless, Aung San Suu Kyi was allowed to have Internet access at her home in Yangon only in January. Ever since she’s been released, she has expressed interest in using Twitter and Facebook to reach her supporters worldwide. (-if you search for “Aung San Suu Kyi” on Twitter, have fun trying to find out who’s the real one.) This also underlines the importance of the social media for people in Burma that Joshua was talking about in our interview.
In the December 2010 issue of Newsweek, she talked about her time in house arrest and her view on Burma’s future.
As a new parliament has convened in Burma for the first time in 22 years, the big pink elephant of a question in the room is: Does this mean political change? The BBC World Service asked Aung Suu Kyi in a telephone interview and also wanted to know whether she would want the events in Egypt to be happening in Burma.
Do you think, these signals, the new parliament and the release of Suu Kyi will bring change to Burma?