BAGAN, Burma - Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s democracy icon, was supposed to be on a private tour of the temple city of Bagan, but she drew crowds yesterday in a test of the government’s tolerance after it warned her against political appearances.
Suu Kyi, in her first trip out of the main city of Yangon since she was released from house arrest in November, was visiting the ancient city with her youngest son.
“I am very happy. This is my first vacation with my son in twenty years,’’ Suu Kyi told reporters after praying at one of Bagan’s famous temples.
However, she and her son Kim were mobbed by a small crowd of local residents and shadowed by dozens of plainclothes police during the second day of her visit.
The police made no moves to break up the gathering.