Hopes high for Myanmar's Suu Kyi's release
Police have removed barbed wire barriers from around the pro-democracy leader's home.Updated: May 26, 2006 17:56 IST
Uniformed police on Friday removed barbed wire barriers from around Aung San Suu Kyi's home and cleared spikes from the front of her gated driveway, according to an agency correspondent at the scene.
At least two policemen removed the barbed wire barriers, which lined the outside of her rambling lakeside home.
A short time earlier, a police officer had entered her home for about 10 minutes and then left, witnesses said.
Officials were not immediately available to comment on why the barriers had been removed or why the policeman had visited her home.
The unusual movements came just hours after UN Secretary General Kofi Annan appealed for the release of the Nobel peace laureate when her latest house arrest comes under review at the weekend.
Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won 1990 elections in a landslide victory but has never been allowed to govern. She has spent 10 of the past 17 years under house arrest.
A growing international chorus has demanded her freedom since the junta's surprise decision to allow a UN envoy to meet with her last Saturday.
First Published: May 26, 2006 17:56 IST