Crowds Greet Famous Myanmar Activist After Release

By Salon Staff

Published January 14, 2012 1:36PM (EST)

PYAY, Myanmar (AP) — Few convicts leave prison with their heads held high. Political detainees, like the several hundred released Friday under a presidential pardon in Myanmar, are a different matter. Unrepentant, they often leave jail toughened, if not energized.

Min Ko Naing is another case altogether.

His real name is Paw U Tun, but he is better known by his pseudonym, which means "Conqueror of Kings." A hero of Myanmar's failed 1988 pro-democracy uprising, enthusiastic crowds have greeted him since his release from prison. He could represent his country's future — if the military allows it.

The adoring reception he received as he traveled the 345 miles (545 kilometers) south back to his home in Yangon on Friday and Saturday was the kind one might encounter on a campaign trail of a sure winner.

Salon Staff

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