Hooray! Aung San Suu Kyi is free

This is a momentous day for Burma and for the world.

From the BBC:

The military authorities in Burma have released the pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

She has appeared in front of a crowd of her supporters who rushed to her house in Rangoon when nearby barricades were removed by the security forces.

The Nobel Peace Prize-winner has been detained for 15 of the past 21 years.

For once, it's difficult to disagree with David Cameron, who said her release has been "long overdue", adding:

Aung San Suu Kyi is an inspiration for all of us who believe in freedom of speech, democracy and human rights.

Hear, hear!

You can read the BBC's profile of her here.

John Pilger recalls his last conversation with Aung San Suu Kyi here.

And you can read Peter Popham's piece in the New Statesman, from June, in which he explains why she "remains the most potent force fighting to preserve the opposition in her country", here.

Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12.