Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was forced to walk through the rain in Warsaw on Wednesday, when a trade unionists’ rally blocked her car en route to address lawmakers in the Polish parliament.
According to international media, Suu Kyi brushed off the incident, saying she did not mind getting wet because it gave her a chance to see “democracy in action”.
“The whole thing, thanks to the colourful jackets [worn by protestors], is beautiful,” she is reported as saying.
According to The Associated Press, Suu Kyi held talks on Wednesday with Poland’s lower house speaker, Ewa Kopacz, and senate speaker Bogdan Borusewicz. On Thursday, she is due to meet President Bronislaw Komorowski, Prime Minister Donald Tusk and address Warsaw University students.
Other media reports said Suu Kyi has also been scheduled to meet fellow Nobel Peace laureate Lech Walesa, who was instrumental in leading the shipyard protests that ultimately toppled Poland’s communist rulers in the late 1980s.
The Burmese pro-democracy icon will then travel to Hungary and the Czech Republic on this visit to Europe.
Last year she made a high-profile tour of Norway, Switzerland, Ireland, England and France.