Aung San Suu Kyi talks to Guardian

Across the road, perched on conspicuous orange motorbikes, the government's spies are kept busy, watching her party headquarters through camera lenses and binoculars. But Aung San Suu Kyi is unconcerned about the attention from the military's special branch. They will be her companion every day she is free.

Aung San Suu Kyi talks about her years under house arrest and Burma's future at the offices of her currently-outlawed political party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), in Rangoon.

"South Africa's fault line was clear-cut, apartheid was based on race. Colour is something that everyone can see straight away. Here, it is less obvious who is who, because we are all Burmese. It is Burmese discriminating and oppressing Burmese. I have often thought everything would be much easier if all the NLD supporters were coloured purple. Then it would be obvious who is being jailed and who is being discriminated against. And the international community would be angered more easily, they could easily say 'you cannot discriminate against the purples'."

Is the international community listening? Or are we thinking what answer will please Uncle Sam?