Saturday, May 16, 2009

Ozarker goes swimming in Burma, gets arrested

Springfield TV station KSPR has a short news story about an Ozarker who went to great lengths to get into the news:

A man from the Ozarks is under arrest halfway around the world accused of sneaking into an opposition leader's home.
The international incident links the Ozarks with Myanmar, the country formerly known as Burma in southeast Asia.
John William Yettaw, who is from Falcon, Missouri, in Laclede county, is accused of swimming more than a mile to get into the home of Aung San Suu Kyi.
The opposition political leader has been detained in her home for 13 of the past 19 years.
Myanmar's military-ruled government is hostile to Suu Kyi's democracy movement.
According to news reports someone from the U.S. Embassy has spoken with Yettaw.
The Falcon man made a previous visit to Myanmar.

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