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First anniversary of protests in Burma

Friday, September 26, 2008

This time last year an estimated twenty thousand people, led by Buddhist monks and nuns, demonstrated against the military Government in Burma. It was the biggest demonstration since the 1988 uprising. A year on from the demonstration Foreign Office Minister, Meg Munn, called for a renewed international effort to find a peaceful solution to the tensions in the region.


She said:


“A year ago this week, the people of Burma took to the streets to demand a better future, thousands of monks in saffron robes and ordinary people standing up to a brutal military regime. Many were killed and injured in the crackdown that followed. Hundreds remain imprisoned for their involvement. Their sacrifice makes it doubly unacceptable that, one year on, Burma’s rulers continue to resist international efforts to support peace, prosperity and democracy in the country, despite repeated calls for change from the UN Security Council.  

After the horrific devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis in May, Burma’s neighbours are working with the UN and the regime to bring relief to those so desperately in need. This shows what the international community can achieve in Burma. It must redouble its efforts towards peaceful, democratic change, under the leadership of the UN Secretary-General. The British government remains committed to doing all it can to secure this.”


This week Burma released one of its longest serving political prisoners, Win Tin, and six other members of the National League for Democracy (NLD). Meg Munn welcomed this move as a positive step but called for the release of over 2,000 remaining political prisoners across Burma including the leader of the NLD, Aung San Suu Kyi.

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