July 4 - Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi travels to Bagan despite a government warning that it could not ensure her safety. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT NO REPORTER NARRATION Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi ventured outside her home city on Monday (July 4) for the first time since her release from house arrest in November, making a low-key visit to the ancient city of Bagan amid tight security. The 66-year-old Nobel laureate is allowed to travel where she wants in Myanmar, but the government last month warned of "chaos and riots" if she seeks to rally support and accused her of trying to exploit the public. Her now-defunct political party, the National League for Democracy, urged her followers to stay away, fearing a repeat of a bloody attack on her motorcade in 2003, in which 70 of her supporters were killed. The trip by Suu Kyi and her British-born son, Kim Aris, was described as a pilgrimage by the NLD and was her first trip outside the former capital Yangon since the 2003 ambush. She arrived in Bagan, 690 km (430 miles) north of Yangon, flanked by about a dozen NLD security guards and met NLD officials before checking into a hotel. The NLD would not give details of Suu Kyi's visit and said she wanted to keep a low profile. Although the government has not tried to block her, it has frequently criticised her in commentaries carried by state-run newspapers, which act as mouthpieces for country's hardline rulers.