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Weight of world on her slender shoulders

Ian MacKinnon

Published 15/11/2010 | 05:00

So much hope -- both at home in Burma and internationally -- has been heaped on Aung San Suu Kyi's slender shoulders it is difficult to see how the country's democracy leader can live up to those expectations.

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Two failed peaceful pro-democracy uprisings, the last the so-called Saffron Revolution led by monks three years ago, were brutally crushed by the military and left thousands dead.

The failures further cowed an already-downtrodden population, leaving them frightened and investing ever higher expectations of political change in Ms Suu Kyi, who has spent most of the past two decades in some form of detention because of her opposition to her country's military rulers.

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