Here is an update on the latest developments in Burma
PROTESTS IN BURMA – AND SOLIDARITY PROTEST IN LONDON
In a significant development, hundreds of people have taken to the streets of Burma to protest about a massive increase in fuel prices – by up to 500 percent. The price increases are causing severe hardship for the people of Burma, most of whom already live in poverty. Another demonstration is planned on Wednesday. In a country where peaceful protesters have been shot or arrested and sentenced to up to 20 years in jail, they deserve our support. The Burma Campaign UK, Burmese Democratic Movement Association and Christian Solidarity Worldwide are jointly holding a demonstration in solidarity with them at the Burmese Embassy in London this Wednesday 22nd August at 12noon-1pm. The Burmese Embassy is 19a Charles Street, Mayfair, London W1J 5DX. Nearest tube Green Park.
BURMA CAMPAIGN IN THE NEWS
Burma Campaign UK Campaigns Officer Zoya Phan is profiled in People and Power, the Al Jazeera documentary series, broadcast worldwide on Al Jazeera this week. Next broadcast is at 03.00 GMT on Saturday morning. For more information visit:
“I was beaten and tortured by the military in Burma.”
Burma Campaign UK Campaigns Officer Myo Thein features on Friction TV, the online debating forum. Visit:
THE LADY OF BURMA PLAY – BIG HIT AT EDINBURGH FESTIVAL
“Inspirational” Festival Magazine
The Lady of Burma – a one woman play about the life of Aung San Suu Kyi - leader of Burma’s democracy movement – is proving a big hit at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest arts festival in Europe. Presented by the Burma Campaign UK and producer Louise Chantal. The Lady of Burma was written and directed by Richard Shannon, and stars Liana Mau Tan Gould. THE LADY OF BURMA is performed 16.45 daily (finish 18.00) The show runs until 27th August at Assembly@St George’s West. Box office 0131 623 3030 www.assemblyfestival.com
You can buy the book of the play and raise money for the Burma Campaign at the same time: Visit: http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk/merchandise.html
You can also use this link to purchase a copy of ‘Courage’, Prime Minister Gordon Browns new book, which includes a chapter on Aung San Suu Kyi.