Accepting a Nobel Prize Some 20 Years Later

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Aung San Suu Kyi was award a Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her non-violent protests and efforts to support democracy in Bruma. On Saturday, she finally accepted her prize in Norway more than 20 years later. 

Suu Kyi was frist placed under house arrest in July 1989 after her National League for Democracy party won 59% of a general election, but Burma's military junta nullified the results. Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest and spent 15 of the next 25 years under house arrest at different times, and clashing with the Burmese government. In 1991, she was awarded the Nobel Peace prize for advocating democracy and non-violent protest in Burma. ABC News included the original news broadcast from when she was awarded the Nobel prize: 

Suu Kyi was scared if she left Burma during the fleeting moments she wasn't under house arrest that she wouldn't be allowed to return. "Often during my days of house arrest it felt as though I were no longer a part of the real world," Suu Kyi said in Norway on Saturday

She also used her speech to highlight ongoing issues that still plague the people in Burma. "Hostilities have not ceased in the far north; to the west, communal violence resulting in arson and murder were taking place just several days before I started out the journey that has brought me here today," she said.

"There have been changes in a positive direction," she assured the crowd. In April 2012, Suu Kyi was elected to parliament in Burma's lower house and became the official leader of the opposition. "Steps towards democratisation have been taken," she said Saturday. 

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