Thursday, May 19, 2005

BIKE for BURMA protest on May 30

Join the BIKE for BURMA protest on May 30!!!
On 30 May 2003, the military government of Burma organized truck-loads of hired thugs and carried out a premeditated attack on members and supporters of the National League for Democracy, including its leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
These juntas paid goons attacked the local population, who came out to welcome Suu Kyi and the accompanying NLD members, using violence and terror, with the intention of causing injuries and death to a large number of innocent and defenseless civilians.

From the women victims who had fallen to the ground, they pulled their blouses and sarongs, and they wrapped the hair around their hands and bumped the faces against the tar road. They rudely and savagely attacked causing fatal injuries. They even looted personal belongings and cash from the victims.

Two years after that bloody massacre, ambush victims still demand justice and prosecution of the perpetrators of the attack. Since then, the military regime has done nothing to shed light on the incident. Up to now, the junta continuously violates the fundamental rights of its people and its poor human rights record is a testimony that it is not sincere to fulfill its promised democratic reforms.

On May 30, 2005, the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) and the Free Burma Coalition Philippines would like to invite you to join the BIKE FOR BURMA protest action.

The bike protest will start at Welcome Rotonda (9:00 am) and will proceed to the Mendiola bridge. We will also demand to the Philippine government and to the international community to support the call to block the Burma's scheduled chairmanship of the Asean in 2006.

For those who are interested to join the Bike for Burma protest please call the IID office at telephone numbers 435-2900 or 911-0205. Look for Gani or Noel. ###

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