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Aung San Suu Kyi to visit martyrs’ mausoleum

New Delhi (Mizzima) – Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will visit the Martyrs’ Mausoleum on Tuesday with her youngest son Htein Lin to pay homage to fallen Burmese martyrs including her father Aung San, the hero of independence.

Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi talks about her pilgrimage to Bagan at a press conference in front of her house on University Avenue Road in Rangoon on Monday, July 11, 201. Photo: MizzimaShe will visit Shwedagon Pagoda at 7 a.m., and proceed to her mother Kyi Kyi’s tomb situated near Shwedagon Pagoda’s southern gate, after first worshipping at the pagoda but before visiting the mausoleum.

She will also attend a Martyrs’ Day ceremony on July 19 to lay a wreath and pay homage to the martyrs, she told reporters at a press conference at her residence on University Avenue on Monday morning.

Suu Kyi told reporters that her political and organizational tour could start only after the forthcoming 64th Anniversary Martyrs’ Day. The last time Suu Kyi paid homage to the fallen martyrs was in 2002.

A reporter at the press conference told Mizzima: “She told us that she would inform us about her political tour in a detailed itinerary. She said that she could not make these political tours silently.”

Aung San Suu Kyi said some people have told her that if reporters had accompanied her on her tour of upper Burma in 2003, the Depayin massacre might not have taken place.

“She said that it was true that the massacre might not have happened if the media had accompanied her,” the reporter said.

Suu Kyi described her visit to several pagodas in Bagan and said she was concerned about the conservation of and the greening of the Bagan historical site. She worried about the destruction of the ancient pagodas in the name of renovation, she said.

In other matters, National League for Democracy party Vice Chairman Tin Oo said a reading of a paper by presidential adviser and economist U Myint at NLD headquarters had to be cancelled at short notice.

U Myint planned to read a “poverty eradication” paper at the meeting. Tin Oo said the reason for the cancellation was unclear, but it may have had something to do with government regulations or advice. U Myint had originally volunteered to read the paper before NLD members.

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 July 2011 19:19 )  

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