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Burma Campaign U.K. Protests In London - 2003-06-03


In the wake of the arrest of Burma's pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, The Burma Campaign UK, Burmese Democratic Movement, and the Burmese community in London held a protest at the Burmese Embassy in London today.

John Jackson is the Director of Burma Campaign UK. He told VOA Burmese Service, “The Burmese community in London and Burma Campaign UK and a number of groups outside the Burmese Embassy are protesting at the brutal crackdown of pro-democracy movement inside Burma . We call for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all her colleagues and the reopening of the universities.”

The Burma Campaign, which is part of the UK Burma Sanctions Coalition today also called for Britain and the EU to immediately impose investment sanctions against Burma.

Mr. Jackson said, "What we’re demanding here in UK is … it is time for actions not only tough words. The European Union need to impose an investment ban on Burma. The Americans have investment ban since 1997 and maybe next week the Americans will impose trade sanctions on Burma. We want the European Union to do the same and we want the EU and the Americans to carry out a much more vigorous initiative with their Asian partners to try to kick start some form of dialogue in Burma.”

John Jackson said the Burmese military leader has choices.

“Basically, we think the regime is not interested in dialogue. When I say the regime, I mean General Than Shwe. He has a choice. He can either be Burma’s Saddam or Burma’s S. W. De Klerk. We hope that he would show vision. We hope he would change the course of the country to peaceful and democratic change. The other option is chaos and catastrophe," he added.

Burma UK Campaign said it is committed to work for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her people to be free.

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