13 November 2010
U2 have responded to the news of Aung San Suu Kyi's release today.
'There is a cautious joy amongst the campaigners for Aung San Suu Kyi's
release. Over the years we have feared for her life, and until Burma's
leadership better reflects its people, we should continue to be vigilant
in our concern.
'For a life denied the basic freedoms, she has lived so vividly in the
minds of her people and supporters and accomplished so much. By putting
the people of Burma's interests above her own, she has lived in stark
contrast with her oppressors. Her struggle has become a symbol for all
humanity, of what we are capable of - best and worst. Her very grace so
infuriating to the bully government whose brutish gorging of the
country's rich resources have left the people of Burma poor and hungry.
We can only pray that those in the junta who decided on her release will
start to see sense and seize this opportunity to begin a genuine
dialogue towards democracy. We will know they are serious when they
release the other 2,202 prisoners denied a life for the crime of wanting
to believe an election result.'