On Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64th Birthday

Makati City, PHILIPPINES June 19, 2009 —  About one hundred activists and supporters of the Free Burma Coalition – Philippines (FBC-Phils) trooped to the SPDC Myanmar Embassy to celebrate the 64th birthday of Burma’s democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and to demand for her immediate and unconditional release from illegal detention.

Chanting the slogan, “Aung San Suu Kyi, Not Guilty!” the rallyists from the trade union, urban poor, youth/student, human rights workers and informal workers’ sectors brought with them floral arrangements bearing the words “NOT GUILTY” and a birthday cake with two candles formed in number 64.  The activity is held as part of the simultaneous global actions celebrating Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64th birthday.

Makati City, PHILIPPINES June 19, 2009 —  About one hundred activists and supporters of the Free Burma Coalition – Philippines (FBC-Phils) trooped to the SPDC Myanmar Embassy to celebrate the 64th birthday of Burma’s democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and to demand for her immediate and unconditional release from illegal detention.

Chanting the slogan, “Aung San Suu Kyi, Not Guilty!” the rallyists from the trade union, urban poor, youth/student, human rights workers and informal workers’ sectors brought with them floral arrangements bearing the words “NOT GUILTY” and a birthday cake with two candles formed in number 64.  The activity is held as part of the simultaneous global actions celebrating Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64th birthday.

“We know that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is Not guilty of any of the charges trumped up by the military junta to silence her and Burma’s cry for genuine freedoms and democracy,” said an old lady holding a photo of Da Aung San Suu Kyi.  “She must be freed together with other political prisoners,” she continued in local language.

Representatives from different member organizations took turns delivering their solidarity messages and reiterating the demand for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners.

At the end of the program, the demonstrators lighted the cake candles and serenaded Daw Aung San Suu Kyi with songs of freedom for her birthday.  The demonstrators dispersed peacefully after the one hour program.  About 20 local and foreign media agencies covered the activity.

FBC-Philippines thanks all the organizations and individuals who participated in the solidarity action – Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), Asia Pacific Solidarity Coalition (APSOC), Alliance of Prograssive Labor (APL), Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP-Solidarity of Philippine Workers), Partido ng Manngagawa (PM-Labor Party Philippines), Task Force Detainees Philippines (TFDP), Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralitang Tagalungsod (KPML-Urban Poor Assembly), Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM), SANLAKAS, Teatro Pabrika (Wokers’ Theatre), independent young bloggers.

For more info: please call Gani at 0929-4109647 or Egoy at 0920-9132472 or call IID Office at 435-2900 or 911-0205

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