Saturday, June 20, 2009

Suu Kyi birthday vigil: Cops arrest 15 Myanmars in Malaysia

The Star Online
PETALING JAYA: Police arrested 15 Myanmars who were part of a gathering organised by Pakatan Rakyat to mark the 64th birthday of Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday night.
Those arrested have been taken to the police headquarters here, where a candlelight vigil is now underway.
They were arrested because they did not have any identification papers, a police source said. The gathering was held near the Amcorp Mall and Taman Jaya LRT station here. Among those at the gathering were DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and Selangor executive councillor Ronnie Liu Tian Khiew.
Suu Kyi spent her 64th birthday in detention on Friday as civil advocates all over the world condemned her trial and called for tougher sanctions against the military junta in Myanmar.
The Nobel laureate is on trial and faces up to five years in jail if found guilty of violating her house arrest, under which she has been confined for more than 13 of the past 20 years.
The gathering here is only one of numerous such events all over the world, as well as campaigns on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, Reuters reported.
Another online campaign, www.64forsuu.org, drew thousands of messages of support, including good wishes from Hollywood star Julia Roberts, U2 frontman Bono, footballer David Beckham and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the wire agency said.
Suu Kyi is accused of breaking the terms of her house arrest by allowing an American intruder, John Yettaw, to stay for two days after he swam to her Yangon home in early May.
Critics say the trial is aimed at excluding Suu Kyi from next year’s elections, which they dismiss as a sham to entrench nearly half a century of military rule.

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