Myanmars democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest Saturday, an official said, as crowds of excited supporters waited outside her home for a glimpse of their idol.
The crowd cheered and began to surge forward as police began removing barricades around her crumbling mansion where she has been locked up by the military junta for most of the past two decades.
The authorities went inside to read the order to release her from house arrest, a government official said.
She is released now, said the official, who did not want to be named.
More than 1,000 people were gathered outside in hope of seeing the 65-year-old dissident, known to her supporters simply as The Lady.
Although she has been sidelined and silenced by the junta occasionally released briefly only to be put back in confinement for many in the impoverished nation she still embodies hope of a better future.
I think of her as my mother and also my sister and grandmother because shes the daughter of our independence leader General Aung San, said 45-year-old Naing Naing Win.