REM PLAN ONSTAGE BURMA PROTEST

The rock giants plan to broadcast a song dedicated to detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi...

REM plan to broadcast a song dedicated to detained pro-democracy leader AUNG SAN SUU KYI into military-ruled Burma via satellite TV.

The band, currently on a European tour, will perform the unspecified song from their 19 June concert at Dublin’s Ardgillan Castle, when it will be broadcast into Burma via an Oslo-based dissident TV station.

According to the BBC, the American rockers hope to draw attention to Suu Kyi’s 2,523rd day in detention on her 60th birthday.

[url=]REM’s initiative is part of a series of global events including protests at Burma embassies.

Suu Kyi, leader of the National League For Democracy party, was detained most recently after junta sympathisers attacked her convoy while she was on a political tour of northern Burma more than two years ago.

She remains under house arrest at her family’s compound in Burma’s capital Yangon.

Suu Kyi was detained several times before, with her longest period of house arrest from 1989 to 1995, during which time she was awarded the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize.

[url=]REM will speak about her onstage at the Dublin, according to the US Campaign For Burma.