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Aung San Suu Kyi verdict: Burmese views

Supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi in Seoul, South Korea

BBC News Website readers in Burma have been reacting to the verdict of 18 months' house arrest that pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has received.

The comments received so far have been mostly in support of Ms Suu Kyi. The BBC is unable to verify all of the information it receives from Burma. All names have been changed to protect website readers in Burma.


The whole Rangoon area is full of riot police and pro-government supporters ready to take action
Amy, Burma

Here people are not satisfied with the judgement but they can't do anything. If anyone tries to show his or her feelings openly, they will be beaten. They could also be killed or jailed. The whole of Rangoon is full of riot police and the thugs from Swann Arr Shin (pro-government supporters) who are ready to take action if anything goes wrong. We have been expecting this kind of verdict for a week because the authority put a barbed wire barricade near Aung San Suu Kyi's house last week. It was removed when she was taken to prison.

The government doesn't care about international pressure. It's main concern is to keep Ms Suu Kyi well away from the 2010 election. If she is able to get out during the election the authorities will have trouble. Ms Suu Kyi will tell the international community about their cheating in the election. She is the only person who can reach the world with her voice. People here want to show their feelings openly but the question is who will come and save them if they are in danger. Here the whole town is filled with government thugs and riot police.
Amy, Burma

In accordance with past experience, the junta is able to take her prisoner whenever the junta needs to play political game.
Tiger, Mandalay, Burma

Why isn't this trouble maker just locked up?
Lee, Burma

Why isn't this trouble maker just locked up and the key thrown away once and for all! Just because a small minority like her and make noise - and many of those are interfering foreigners - it doesn't mean she speaks for everyone!
Lee, Burma

I do not agree with the opinion that the junta is willing to compromise. In my opinion, they just decided to get her out of the way long enough so that international community would feel that they showed mercy. Just wait and see - they will come up with another plot!
Tim, Rangoon, Burma

I expected the government would arrest her again because it doesn't want her free next year. They will want to hold the election without her. However, the election will not be acceptable unless they release political prisoners and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The government must also negotiate with the leaders of the ethnic minorities.
Laura, Rangoon, Burma

What makes me extremely frustrated is that we as Burmese people can do nothing
Philippa, Rangoon, Burma

I am not surprised at all by the verdict. This was in fact what I had expected. What makes me extremely frustrated is that we as Burmese people, as well as the international community, could do nothing about the blatant lies, the snubs and the insults of the regime.
Philippa, Rangoon, Burma

Although there is an anger bursting in the hearts of the people, no one will raise their voice. In my point of view, the verdict was planned already by the government just to keep her away from 2010 election. I am even suspicious about what prompted a US citizen to swim to her house in the first place.
Chris, Rangoon, Burma

In my opinion the verdict is just ridiculous. The only reason they want to keep her under house arrest is so that she is not able to participate in forthcoming elections. The government is too scared to give her a long jail sentence because the people know that she hasn't committed any crime. There are many examples of "give and take" programmes happening in my country. If we want to get our dirt roads concreted then the government will do this but in exchange they want us to put our cross next to Than Shwe's name in next election. Can anybody help us?!
Frank, Rangoon, Burma

The main intention behind the verdict is to remove Aung San Suu Kyi from the 2010 general election
John, Burma

The mood in Rangoon is calm, but the people are excited about the news. They feel confused. But three years is not quite a surprise for me.

I think the main intention behind the verdict is to remove Aung San Suu Kyi from the forthcoming 2010 general election process but there are other factors to consider.

They are the recent nuclear issues. The Asean Secretary General clearly states that Myanmar [Burma] would be banned from the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) if Myanmar starts a nuclear programme. There is also the problem of how to deal with an ethnic minority armed group and their participation during and after the 2010 election.

As a humble citizen, I want Aung San Suu Kyi to be part of the process. She should be allowed to participate in the coming election.
John, Burma

I'm so sad to read this news. I wish she could be freed. I believe most of Myanmar people are sad for her. We love her.
Jane, Rangoon, Burma

This is very dangerous move for junta. I think they are very afraid to free Aung San Suu Kyi. I'm standing for her freedom.
Claire, Meiktila, Burma

I felt bad when I read this news. It is not a fair trial. The junta will never represent the 56 million people of Myanmar. UN efforts have not worked. There is no hope for Burmese people.
Mel, Mandalay, Burma

It was a political sentence. They don't allow want her to participate in 2010 election.
Nadia, Rangoon, Burma

We think that it was very unjust to sentence Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to one-and-a-half years. We felt very sorry for her as well. As a woman, she is our idol. We respect her and have high hopes in her. It is sad that she has been imprisoned again and again. I think that shows there is no justice in Burma.
Woman from Burma-China border

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