Myanmar's Suu Kyi tests freedom, meets supporters

August 13, 2011 - 10:45 PM
Myanmar Politics

Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi listens as Myanmar's Labor and Social Welfare Minister Aung Kyi, unseen, reads a statement nearby to the media after their meeting at Seinlekhanthar government guest house Friday, Aug.12, 2011, in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

BAGO, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is making her first political trip outside the repressive nation's main city since her release from seven years of house arrest, a crucial journey that will test the limits of her freedom.

The democracy icon's one-day voyage to meet supporters in two towns north of the main city of Yangon is going ahead peacefully Sunday despite a government warning that it could trigger riots.

The last time Suu Kyi traveled into the countryside to meet supporters, assailants ambushed her entourage in an attack that eventually saw the Nobel Peace Prize laureate detained and later placed under a long house arrest from which she was released last November.