Burmese immigrants awed by democracy leader

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Burmese immigrants who attended an Indiana speech by Myanmar's opposition leader say the Nobel laureate was inspiring and brought some of them to tears.

San San Oo left Burma in 2006 and now lives in Fort Wayne. She says seeing Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee) during her Tuesday visit to Fort Wayne was wonderful and left her almost speechless. She called the 67-year-old Suu Kyi "our mother."

Suu Kyi spoke to about 5,100 people at Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, an Indiana city with one of the nation's largest Burmese populations.

Han Han Thi of East Lansing, Mich., left Burma in 2002. She says she's glad Suu Kyi called for an end to the tough economic sanctions that Burma has faced for years.

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