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Myanmar Leader Suu Kyi Voices Support For Anna's Movement

PTI 19 Aug 2011, 13:49:40 IST

New Delhi, Aug 19: Mynamar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has spoken in support of Anna Hazare's campaign against corruption in India, Mizzima, the Delhi-based news website e run by pro-democracy activists reported.

Aung San Suu Kyi has said everyone should be concerned with eliminating corruption in governments.Speaking in Yangon to a reporter, Suu Kyi said everybody should be concerned about corruption, noting it pervades much of society.

The interview was conducted a few days before the arrest of Anna Hazare who has been pursuing a Gandhi-like protest in India against corruption, including periods of fasting.

“Why is corruption so universal?” Suu Kyi asked. “There are good traits that are also universal. The fact that somebody like Anna Hazare is working against corruption shows there are people willing to speak out.”

Suu Kyi said that those who fight against corruption have their work cut out, and the struggle will have to go on for generation after generation. “We will never come to a time when corruption is eradicated,” she said.

Commenting on the conflict this protest has caused with Indian politicians and the ruling Congress Party, she said there was no need for strife between politicians and civil society because both have the same goals, to work for the betterment of society, to help India be a stronger, healthier, better nation.

Democracy provides an opportunity to solve differences. “It is better than taking a rifle and shooting each other,” she said.