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Suu Kyi urges supporters to seek democracy

Nobel Peace Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi urged thousands of supporters today to seek democracy in military-ruled Myanmar and stand up for their rights.

world Updated: Nov 14, 2010 15:57 IST

Nobel Peace Prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyi urged thousands of supporters on Sunday to seek democracy in military-ruled Myanmar and stand up for their rights.

"Democracy is when the people keep a government in check. I will accept the people keeping me in check," she said in her first major speech since being freed from seven years of house arrest a day earlier.

"You have to stand up for what is right," she said.

Suu Kyi, who had been detained 15 of the past 21 years, was speaking at the headquarters of her National League for Democracy party a week after a parliamentary election that was condemned by rights groups and the West as rigged to prolong military rule.