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Burmese democracy leader speaks to UofL

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Aung San Suu Kyi ate at Lynn's Paradise Cafe after her appearance. Aung San Suu Kyi ate at Lynn's Paradise Cafe after her appearance.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A world leader in the name of peace spoke at the University of Louisville on Monday.

Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi spoke to the McConnell Scholars and other audience members at the UofL School of Music.

On September 19, Suu Kyi was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor Congress can give.

Suu Kyi told the crowd that both the United States and Burma want a solid democracy, saying, "Our aspirations are very much the same. We want to see our country at peace, we want our country united and our country able to accept that we are of diverse cultures and languages; and that only strengthens us as a nation."

Aung San Suu Kyi has led the pro-democracy movement in Burma since 1988, and because of it was on house arrest 15 years. But she has high hopes for Burma. "Keep your eyes on my country," she told the crowd. "Burma is in a unique situation where they can decide where they want the country to go. We have to have the determination and the commitment to follow through that path."

Suu Kyi, who is now in Burma's legislature, said she is pleased with the country's progress but added there is still a lot of work to do. "We need an independent, well-educated and fair judiciary so this is something we have to work towards," Suu Kyi said. "To me, what democracy means is the right balance between freedom and security. People want to feel secure at the same time they love their liberty. They want to be free."

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