Rock stars U2 cautiously welcome Suu Kyi's release

13th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

Irish rock stars U2, who have campaigned for the release of Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, issued a cautious welcome Saturday at news that she had finally been freed from detention.

"There is a cautious joy amongst the campaigners for Aung San Suu Kyi's release," said a statement from the band, who dedicated a song, "Walk On", to the democracy leader a decade ago.

"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."

They added: "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."

The band urged Myanmar's military rulers "to see sense and seize this opportunity to begin a genuine dialogue towards democracy", and as a first step to release more than 2,000 other political prisoners that are being held.

© 2010 AFP

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