REM Protests Burmese Treatment of Aung San Suu Kyi

Published: 2005-06-20
In a Dublin concert last night, American rock band REM beamed a live 60th-birthday tribute Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who remains under house arrest in the capital, Yangon. Irish public broadcaster 2FM beamed the show live to a radio station run by Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party.

"We want to wish you a happy 60th birthday filled with hope and say that we deeply respect your profound commitment to the people of Burma," Stipe said in front of 25,000 fans at Ardgillan Castle, using the country's former name. "And we pray with our hearts that by your 61st birthday, you will walk free among your people."

During the performance, the band dedicated three songs to Suu Kyi and sang a rendition of U2's 2001 hit "Walk On," which the band wrote in her honour. Last year REM contributed a song to an album that helped aid the US Campaign for Burma.

In 1991, Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights in Myanmar but was unable to accept the award in person because she was under house arrest.

Writer: Trent McMartin



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