Tomorrow, June 19, will be 60th birthday of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. While she is still under house arrest, her birthday will be held worldwide by various organizations and nationwide by NLD. Famous rock band R.E.M will dedicate a song at its June 19th concert in Dublin, Ireland, to Aung San Suu Kyi. The song will be broadcasted live via satellite television so that people from Burma will be able to watch. Irish singer Damien Rice is giving 2 concerts in support of Burma at London on June 20 2005 and at Paris on June 30 2005. His new single 'Unplayed Piano', written for Aung San Suu Kyi, will be released on June 20. Proceeds from the single will go to the Burma Campaign UK and US Campaign for Burma. “Anti-Dictatorship, People’s Fredom Movement” is holding 60 hours hunger strike at the front of Myanmar Embassy at Washington DC by now. US Campaign for Burma's plans include “Arrest Yourself” where 60 individuals will make it at their own places, sending 6,000 birthday cards collected worldwide and global protests at Burmese embassies.
On her 60th birthday day, June 19, she will have spent a total of 9 years and 238 days in detention. She is now serving her third term of house arrest since May 30 , 2003 after the regime's militia attacked her convoy and killed up to 100 of her supporters. In Burma, there are more than 1350 political prisoners suffering from strict rules of Burmese jails. Many died in prisons during interrogation. (Even there was an event many students were died from suffocation while they were taken in Prisoner Transport truck after red bridge student uprising.) Daw Aung San Suu Kyi used to say that her sacrifice was nothing compared to those in prisons. I wish Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, U Tin Oo and all the political prisoners would soon be released, and all Burmese people would be freed from dictator's rule.