Dear Friends of Burma:
Today Oct. 24 marks the 12-year detention of Burmese democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Supporters and activists around the world are holding a number of activities to mark this occasion. Please see details about the two events taking place in Toronto and Vancouver below.
Toronto: Monks’ Commemoration & Honoring Aung San Suu Kyi
With Candle Light Vigil
Nathan Phillips Square (Toronto City Hall)
Wednesday October 24, at 6:00 pm
***** Please wear red & bring a red ribbon and a candle! *****
The Parliament of Canada has just named Aung San Suu Kyi an honorary Canadian citizen
Contacts: Paul Copeland at 416-964-8126 Ext. 142, minthura wynn at 416-882-3868, and
Zaw Kyaw at 416-358-2318 - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vancouver: AUNG SAN SUU KYI DAY: Global Day of Action!
Vancouver has two major actions planned for Oct. 24:
NOON at the Visa Office section of the Chinese Consulate 1338 West Broadway – 12 people depicting political prisoners, chained together
6pm – Massive Candle Light Vigil downtown at the Art Gallery. We are expecting over 200 people to this event.
In 12 cities at 12 NOON, 12 people will stand outside Chinese embassies wearing Aung San Suu Kyi masks, dressed symbolically in white (as that is what political prisoners are forced to wear in Burma) and tied together by rope.
This is to signify TWELVE YEARS of house arrest and we are calling for the release of all political prisoners in Burma.
"We suggest to China and India to stop supporting the SPDC politically and economically, to use their influence over the Burmese regime to show utmost restraint and to engage in political dialogue focused on democratic reforms which allow will all people of Burma to participate," said a release by the Burmese democratic activists, based in Vancouver.
Canada is joining countries from around the world, including Argentina, Ireland, New Zealand, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, to highlight the continued situation of Aung San Suu Kyi and thousands of political prisoners in Burma.
On this day of action, we are calling on the Canadian government to impose targeted sanctions that will directly affect the military Generals; we are also calling on the UN to offer incentives that will lead to democratic reform in Burma.
The Conservative government has just given Aung San Suu Kyi honorary Canadian citizenship. As supporters of the democracy movement in Burma, we welcome this; however, we also feel that this symbolic action should be met with concrete action.
Media Contacts: Deanna Scott – Voices of Burma – 604-216-0255; Soe Oo: 778-858-7152 and Brenda Belak – On site at the Vancouver Art Gallery