Thousands greet Suu Kyi in Kale, en route to Chin State

Thousands greet Suu Kyi in Kale, en route to Chin State

Thousands of supporters greeted Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the town of Kale in Sagaing Division on Monday when she made a stop in the town en route to western Burma’s remote Chin state.

Hla Oo, a youth member of Suu Kyi’s political party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), and part of the party’s tour convoy, told DVB that the delegation met with fanfare when they arrived in Kale on Monday afternoon.

Suu Kyi met with NLD Sagaing Division Central Committee members and advised them to unite under the party’s principles and guidelines. Suu Kyi went on to explain the party’s position on the 2008 Burma Constitution, according to Myint Naing, chairman of the NLD Sagaing Division chapter.

Along with several other party leaders, Suu Kyi arrived on Tuesday in Chin State where they aim to gauge public opinion on constitutional reform and meet with regional NLD supporters. The emissaries also plan to hold a public assembly in Chin State capital Hakha to inform the public about the intricacies and issues of the military-drafted 2008 Constitution.

The delegation is set to arrive in the Chin State town of Tedim later on Tuesday, just across the border from Sagaing Division. From there they will travel to Falam, and on to Hakha on 9 December where she will speak publicly at the Wunthumong sports ground.

Their arrival marks the start of Suu Kyi’s second visit to the remote and impoverished ChinState – the first occurred in April 2003.

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