Suu Kyi marches in honour of her father

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The Independent Online

More than 3,000 democracy supporters led by Aung San Suu Kyi marched yesterday in Burma's biggest city in honour of her father, the nation's independence hero.

The short march from the headquarters of Ms Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy to the Martyrs' mausoleum in Rangoon was the biggest public demonstration since 2007, when the military junta launched a bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

Ms Suu Kyi earlier attended the government's ceremony at the mausoleum for Martyrs' Day, which marks the anniversary of the 1947 assassination of General Aung San and colleagues during a cabinet meeting shortly after Britain agreed to grant independence to Burma.

It was the first time in nine years that Ms Suu Kyi, 66, attended the ceremony. She had been under her most recent stint of house arrest from 2003 until last November.