YANGON, Myanmar — Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was locked in a roadside standoff with police Friday, preparing to spend a second night in her car after being stopped while leaving Yangon.
It was Suu Kyi's first attempt to leave the capital in two years. In similar standoffs with the military in 1998, she remained in her car for nearly six days on one occasion and another time for 13 days.
Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party said in a statement that her being stopped from traveling by Myanmar's military government was illegal.
The military government said the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner was stopped for her own protection. "Due to threats of violence by armed insurgent separatist forces, travel by prominent persons to some parts of the country is at present inadvisable," a government statement said Friday.