19 June 2009
64 Words for Aung San Suu Kyi
Today is the 64th birthday of Burma's imprisoned leader Aung San Suu Kyi and U2, Paul McCartney, George Clooney and a host of others have been posting their 64 word messages of support on a dedicated website. The Nobel Peace Laureate will spend her birthday in detention - her 14th birthday in detention. Add your own message of support.
The message from U2 is adapted from their 2001 single Walk On, which is dedicated to Aung San Suu Kyi: 'Packing a suitcase for a place none of us has been/A place that has to be believed to be seen/You could have flown away/A singing bird in an open cage/Who will only fly, fly for freedom/Walk on, walk on/What you've got they can't deny it/Can't sell it, can't buy it/Walk on, walk on/Stay safe tonight.'
George Clooney, David Beckham, Julia Roberts, Daniel Craig and Richard Branson have also posted 64 word messages - along with thousands of other supporters. Paul McCartney said that Aung San Suu Kyi is an inspiration to her country and to the rest of the world. 'I truly admire her infallible resolve and her determination to stand up for what she believes in. It is vital that Aung San Suu Kyi is released so that she can govern the people who elected her and give Burma back the freedom we all take for granted.'
The 64 word messages are being added to a dedicated campaign website. You can add your own here.
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