Burmese freedom fighter Aung San Suu Kyi has told activists in Hong Kong and the mainland to remember their aims and not to give up.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was speaking via live video conferencing in her “first dialogue with an Asian university” since her release from house arrest in November as part of the University of Hong Kong’s centenary lecture series.

“This is a question people often ask themselves: why are we fighting for democracy?” she said. “As long as you can answer that question, then you will always find new ways to help you continue the fight.”

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