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Aung San Suu Kyi returns from Europe to hero’s welcome in Burma

By Siqi Gao June 30, 2013

Aung San Suu Kyi collects her Nobel peace prize in Oslo during her tour of Europe

Aung San Suu Kyi has returned home after a triumphant tour of Europe, where she won enthusiastic support for her role in Burma’s democratic transition and was celebrated like a head of state.

Cheering crowds packed Rangoon’s airport on Saturday and lined the roads outside hoping to see her.

During her two-week trip, Aung San Suu Kyi met political leaders in Switzerland, Norway, Ireland, England and France.

The trip’s highlights included her long-awaited acceptance speech for the 1991 Nobel peace prize, which she won while under house arrest in Burma.

The former military regime kept Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest for 15 of 23 years. She was freed in 2010, after the military ceded power to a nominally civilian government.

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