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September 25, 2012

Thousands of Burmese to greet Suu Kyi in Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne —  

Thousands of Burmese refugees who now call the Midwest home are expected to greet the leader of Myanmar’s democracy movement during a visit to one of the nation’s largest Burmese communities.

Organizers expect at least 7,000 people to turn out Tuesday in Fort Wayne for a speech by Aung San Suu Kyi. The stop is part of a 17-day trip to the U.S. during which the 67-year-old Nobel laureate has met with President Barack Obama and received the Congressional Gold Medal.

Fort Wayne has welcomed thousands of Burmese refugees since 1991. Many continue to organize opposition to Myanmar’s government from Indiana, using YouTube videos, Voice of America broadcasts and other means to share their beliefs with those in their homeland.

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