THE PRICE OF SILENCE
In 1989 Aung San Suu Kyi became a symbol of hope for the establishment of democracy and human rights in Burma when she was placed under house arrest by the military regime, where she remained – on and off – until 2010. In 2016 she was given the post of State Counsellor – de facto head of government – and it was assumed that she would be in a position to transform the repressive regime in her country.
Three years on the portrayal of her in the West had changed dramatically. She has been condemned as the head of a regime that has excused genocide, jailed journalists and critics and refused to denounce events in 2017 which led to 700,000 refugees fleeing Myanmar after a brutal military-led campaign.
This play explores the dramatic change in the international verdict on Aung San Suu Kyi, and seeks an explanation for her silence.
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