June 13, 2000

A two week poster campaign in support of Burma’s pro-democracy movement will be launched on Thursday 15 June on the London Underground. The posters comprise a large portrait of Burma’s pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, with the question: “Why are 400,000 men so afraid of one woman?”. For the answer to the question passengers will be encouraged to log on to The Burma Campaign UK’s web site (http://www.burmacampaign.org.uk). Once logged on, they will be encouraged to take two e-mail linked campaign actions. The first action will be to join a boycott of all Lonely Planet publications, because of Lonely Planet’s promotion of tourism to Burma. The second will be to request that the Foreign Secretary Robin Cook impose investment sanctions against Burma’s military dictatorship. Both actions are supported by the international pro-democracy movement for Burma.
The poster campaign is being launched in the lead up to a celebrity birthday celebration held for Aung San Suu Kyi at the Royal Court Theatre on Sunday 18 June. Performers at the celebration will include Alan Rickman, Glenda Jackson, John Hegley and Meera Syal. There will also be video messages from Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Aung San Suu Kyi, and written messages from The Dalai Lama and Tony Blair.

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