White Campaign launched for Suu Kyi

Aug 15, 2009 (DVB), A five-day public movement known as the White Campaign has been launched in Burma following the imprisonment of Aung San Suu Kyi and will be carried out across four of Burma's principle divisions.

The campaign was organiseed by a group who have continually held prayer ceremonies every Tuesday since Suu Kyi's first incarceration, and includes members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party.

Myint Myint Aye, NLD secretary in Mandalay division's Meikhtila township, who is one of the organisers of the campaign, urged the public to join.

"From 15 to 19 August, we will be wearing white and holdng prayers at pagodas," he said. "This is to peacefully express our will to bring our leader to freedom. We urge our NLD members [across Burma] to join in with the campaign."

Anyone can join in with the campaign by wearing white, offering white flowers at pagoda and by painting houses and fences with the colour white, she said.

The campaign will be carried out in around 20 different townships in Bago, Mandalay, Magwe and Rangoon divisions.

Bago NLD women's wing leader Khin Nyunt Mu said the campaign "is not a demonstration, this is not an act against the government , we are to only show our will from inside the law."

"We urge the people to use everything white during the campaign , wear white, ride white and also offer white flowers at the pagoda as well as painting your house white or hang white plastic bags by your doors."

On Monday Suu Kyi was sentenced to a further 18 months under house arrest, following a visit by US citizen John Yettaw to her compound in May.

The verdict, although short of the anticipated five years in detention, has brought worldwide condemnation. Thailand said today that it was looking for a consensus among regional leaders to call for a pardon for Suu Kyi.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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