Exiled Activists Stand with Burma’s Former Political Prisoners

Early this morning a group of us made our way to the Burmese embassy in London to carry out a stunt for Amnesty International UK, kicking off the week nicely in the lead up to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s birthday on Saturday 19th. The idea was simple – a group of 6 people would congregate on the steps of the Burmese embassy (officially Burmese territory) and carry out an outlawed political act that if done in Burma would result in years in prison.

(practising the line up in between coffee breaks)

This is the first time my work is being used as a campaign tool for Amnesty International and to have two former political prisoners (Htein Lin & Aung Gyi) in the group makes it even more powerful. So Htein Lin and Aung Gyi along with Zoya Phan, Nay Oo Hlaing and Waihnin Pwint Thon joined the Director of Amnesty International UK, Kate Allen and made their silent protest on the steps of the Burmese embassy with the names of a current political prisoner written on their hands. A powerful statement of intent was made on what is officially Burmese territory (not for the first time I might add!) Apart from a brief flutter of the curtains there wasn’t a sound from inside the embassy – with military precision we were done before they knew what had happened (and that included have two Press Association photographers there as well). So the first Amnesty action using this work… and much, much more to come…

you can read full details here on the Amnesty UK website

(left to right: Zoya Phan; Htein Lin; Nay Oo Hlaing; Aung Gyi; Kate Allen; Waihnin Pwint Thon)

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