While a few journalists were able to sneak into Mae La, local and international reporters were officially barred from entering the grounds to cover Suu Kyi’s visit to the camp that is home to almost 50,000 refugees.
The gates to Mae La were locked after Suu Kyi entered on Saturday, while armed guards watched over the entrance to prevent journalists from entering.
The famed opposition leader was kept from giving a public address to the crowd that gathered within Mae La and resorted to shouting a few words to her supporters in the absence of a proper sound system.
“Since we have no mic here, I going to have to shout. They didn’t provide us [with a microphone] so what are we supposed to do?” said Suu Kyi. “I won’t forget any of you. We will work to ensure all of you can return home one day.”