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Tuesday, 16 November 2010

The Edge reminds us that Aung San Suu Kyi's release is not enough

Who will only fly, only fly for freedom?

Having been following the recent news that political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi  had been released, I had thought to myself that U2 would be pleased as they dedicated Walk On to her.  Aung is this era's quivalent of Nelson Mandela, a prisoner for standing up for democracy and promoting it in her own country. 

Given U2's activism and involvement with Amnesty International, it's no surprise U2 have sought to bring publicity to Aung San Suu Kyi's plight. So it was no surprise I received the following email from the official U2 website:
Dear U2 Fan,
I'm sure, like us, you're delighted with the news of the release of Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma at the weekend. We should all be relieved, if cautious, that she has been able to take a step towards freedom.
However, we must remember that her release is not part of any political process but is designed to get positive publicity for the dictatorship after the blatant rigging of elections on 7th November. We must not forget the thousands of other political prisoners still suffering in Burma’s jails and must do whatever we can to encourage the international community to engage the junta in dialogue.
We will continue our support of this remarkable woman and her campaign, and as always we count on your continued input and continued vigilance.
Thanks
I have nothing else to add.



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