Sep
06
2003

'Walk On' For Aung San Suu Kyi'

Amnesty international are asking radio stations to play 'Walk On' to highlight the plight of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Ten days ago Aung San Suu Kyi, a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, was detained by the military government running Burma after clashes between her supporters and pro-government groups in the north of the country.

Some reports say more than 60 people died in the incident, with eyewitnesses in hiding, fearing military reprisals. Aung San Suu Kyi is believed to have suffered cuts to her face and shoulder after the window of her car was smashed. The military authorities said Aung San Suu Kyi was not injured, but no one has been allowed to see her.

In the sleeve notes to All That You Can't Leave Behind in 2001, U2 dedicated Walk On to Aung San Suu Kyi and Amnesty are inviting radio stations to play it now as a sign of support.

'Amnesty grassroots members are approaching radio station DJ's all over the world asking them to play 'Walk On,' which U2 dedicated to her,' said Angie Hougas, Wisconsin's Amnesty International coordinator. 'This worldwide action is to show our solidarity with Aung San Suu Kyi and her constant efforts to improve human rights and repressive conditions for the people of Myanmar (Burma).'

Hougas said that local radio stations playing the song will raise awareness of human rights violations around the world.

'By playing 'Walk On' and giving a short statement, it will call people's attention to the most recent escalation of violence and repression of the Myanmar people. It will let listeners know of the urgent concern for Suu Kyi's safety as well as the safety of 100-plus other National League for Democracy members, including students and monks, taken into custody and held incommunicado with Suu Kyi since 30 May.'

Supporters are invited to visit www.aiusa.org to learn more.

More on the struggle for democracy in Burma here
www.burmacampaign.org.uk
and here
www.freeburmacoalition.org