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Aung San Suu Kyi began a tour of Europe on Thursday, her first time returning to the continent in 24 years. A last-minute journey to Myanmar in 1988 to tend to her ailing mother was meant to be a round trip, with a return to Britain. But once inside Myanmar, then known as Burma, she was swept up in a popular uprising against military rule and became the leader of a democracy movement that was suppressed and persecuted until last year, when a nominally civilian government came to power in Myanmar. The trip is almost certain to attract the kind of fanfare that will test the patience of the reformist generals now in power after decades of army rule.

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