In this March 15, 2016 photo, Aung San Suu Kyi walks in Myanmar's parliament in Naypyitaw. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
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As Aung San Suu Kyi launched a national struggle against decades of harsh military rule, one medical student worked tirelessly at her side, facing down gun-wielding soldiers trying to crush the surging pro-democracy movement.After a new wave of violence and humanitarian crisis erupted last week, with ethnic Rohingya militants attacking police posts and leaving 12 security personnel and 77 Rohingya Muslims dead, her office said military and border police had launched "clearance operations".For years, Suu Kyi had courageously defied the military, suffering 15 years of house arrest and separation from her British husband and two sons to helm her National League for Democracy to a landslide victory in 2015 elections.Reflecting this puzzlement, a satirical internet site called Burma Tha Din Network joked that the Suu Kyi in office now was a clone created by Russian geneticists hired by Myanmar's generals to remove her democratic genes, and that the real Suu Kyi was being held by the military and wondering, "How the hell can people believe I'd do that?"Perhaps the most widespread view is that she simply can't push her democratic agenda or human rights demands, lest the military oust her from power. The military is preparing itself for the 2020 elections.
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