Myanmar extends Suu Kyi detention
Aung San Suu Kyi, seen in a May 2002 file photo.
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YANGON, Myanmar (CNN) -- Myanmar has extended the detention of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a Home Affairs Ministry source said Saturday.
Her supporters had hoped she might be freed Saturday, after spending about 10 of the past 17 years in detention for her politics.
Suu Kyi won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her work in restoring democracy in the country, now ruled by a junta.
Police increased security near Suu Kyi's home and extended a nearby roadblock early Saturday as her most recent detention order was set to expire.
There was no official announcement from the government, but the ministry source told reporters outside Suu Kyi's home that her detention had been extended another six months.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan appealed this week to the ruling junta's chief to release the activist, and her followers had planned a celebration upon her release.
U.N. Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari visited Suu Kyi last week, a trip that raised hopes she would be released.
Suu Kyi's most recent punishment stems from a bloody May 2003 clash between her supporters and a pro-government group during her political campaign.
Afterward, she and the top officials of her party, the National League for Democracy, were put under military custody.
In late 2003, Suu Kyi was transferred to the villa where she has lived alone. Her telephone service was discontinued and her television was seized.
Her only connection to the outside world is through an NLD official she meets with monthly.
The military has ruled Myanmar, also known as Burma, since 1962.
Suu Kyi was first put under house arrest in 1990, after she won a landslide election victory. Rather than honor the result, military rulers imprisoned her and fellow party leaders.
Suu Kyi was briefly released from house arrest in 1996 and again in 2002. Both times, she continued her political campaign for democracy.
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