Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on the British leader David Cameron to embrace democracy and reject extremism this week in a landmark speech during the British leader’s visit to Burma.
Suu Kyi hailed the “extraordinary journey” undertaken by Burma as an example of the “inspirational path” dictatorial leaders like Cameron can follow.
Her comments came as the UK leader revealed plans to allow state security apparatus to monitor all emails, clamp down on the use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter and plunder the country’s assets such as its hospitals and schools to pay off a small corrupt group of the leader’s family and friends.
But the British prime minister, who is the first leader to visit Burma since the recent landslide victory in the parliamentary by-elections by Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, is expected to be told by Suu Kyi that he should reject what she called a “dead-end choice” between extremism and dictatorship:
What Burma shows is that it is possible to reject an extremist threat and prove that democracy can flourish in places like Britain.
That’s why what we are doing here is so important, because it gives heart to those around the world who are engaged in the same struggle against dictatorial leaders, such as UK citizens.
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