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50 People Who Matter 2010 | 34. Aung San Suu Kyi

Burmese barred.

A frail, 65-year-old woman is the biggest threat faced by Burma's military junta: 22 years after Aung San Suu Kyi became the figurehead of opposition in Burma - with 14 of those spent under house arrest - she is still the democracy movement's most potent symbol.

Supporters carry images of the woman known simply as "the Lady", despite the threat of heavy punishment if they are caught.

Silenced, cut off from her followers and the world, she manages still, somehow, to spread her message of democracy and peaceful protest.


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This article first appeared in the 27 September 2010 issue of the New Statesman, The 50 people who matter