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Suu Kyi Denied Permission to Use Airfield for Rally

28 January 2014

National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s trip to Shan State suffered a setback on Sunday when she was denied permission to use a military-owned airfield to hold a political rally, reports Mizzima. Tin Maung Toe, the NLD’s district chairman for Taunggyi, said the party had asked on Jan. 21 if it could use the site, but was told two days later that it belonged to the military, which refused to give permission. Suu Kyi, who was subsequently forced to address a crowd of 5,000 supporters from the back of a truck, called the military’s decision a restriction of the people’s freedom, but urged the crowd not to be angry about it.