Police And Witnesses: Aung San Suu Kyi Released

(CNN) Myanmar activist Aung San Suu Kyi was released from house arrest Saturday to a throng of thousands of supporters trying to reach out and shake her hand.

"I'm very happy to see you all again," she told the crowd gathered near her home in Yangon.

Witnesses and police said she had been released.

Her lawyer Nyan Win went into her house, witnesses said.

At party headquarters in the same city, hundreds waited near her National League for Democracy.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has spent 15 of the past 21 years under house arrest because of her fight for democracy in the nation formerly known as Burma.

Recently, she had little outside human contact except for two maids and visits from her doctor. Sometimes, she spoke to supporters over the wall of her compound.

Security has been stepped up in Myanmar, but it was unclear whether that was because of the country's first elections in two decades Sunday.