Sept 29, 2012 Saturday
San Francisco: Burmese freedom fighter and Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the crowd of some three thousand at San Francisco University today. San Francisco city is known for supporting the Burmese movement for freedom and democracy. The city also has the largest Burmese community in the United States. San Francisco Mayor welcomed the Nobel Laureate, and handed her the San Francisco Golden Key award. He said that the city is honored to have the lady, who has become a symbol of Burmese freedom and democracy. Senator Nancy Palosi addressed the crowd and expressed her support to the Suu Kyi and democracy movement in Burma. She said the United States have always been with the freedom seeking people in Burma.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi greeted the crowd, spoke first in English for sometimes and later spoke in Burmese language. She said she want to communicate in Burmese with the Burmese community to see that they have not forgotten their root. She said the innovative, multicultural democracy and courage to welcome change and difference here in this country should be a good lesson for all Burmese people. We should learn but without giving away your value.Our society need to open our heart as well as mind. We must thank the people here for putting us firmly on the path of human rights, freedom and democracy. She thanked the Americans for their support, and said that Burmese will work hard to repay the generosity. Burma is on the path of democracy and national development. Although our party has 43 seats in 600 plus parliament, we are all working hard to establish rule of law. The speakers are very supportive, things are moving in a positive direction.
We need to reflect in ourselves. Think about what we are lacking, don’t think about what others are lacking. See what you have done or not done to promote peace and freedom in your homeland. Important ingredient for peace and development is humility. If you want to come back to contribute, you should be willing to work with the people in homeland. Feeling that you are helping and superiority feeling will not work. We all need to work together to build our homeland.More...