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mercoledì 30 luglio 2008

EVENTS FOR 8.8.08 GLOBAL BURMA DAY! FIND AN EVENT NEAR YOU

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▀▀▀ 8.8.08 GLOBAL BURMA DAY EVENTS ▀▀▀
▀*Austria▀
o August 4-7th
Vienna: Supporting Don’t Watch Campaign and Will have a Burma Film Festival
Contact: Austrian Burma Center http://www.austrianburmacenter.at/

▀Czech Republic [top]▀
▀* Prague
* August 8th
There will be public gathering on August 8th, 6 p.m.
in Prague, Narodni
Trida Street, at the memorial of the Velvet Revolution.

There, we will put
candles with the names of Burmese political prisoners who can be
symbolically adopted on http://www.burma-center.org/8888/index.php/
Contact: Burma Center Prague
http://www.burma-center.org/8888/index.php?language=english/

▀France [top]▀
*Paris

Joint Rally at Chinese Embassy with Reporters Without Borders
Contact: Info Birmanie http://www.info-birmanie.org/

▀Switzerland▀

* Please contact for demonstration in Switzerland.

Here is website
http://www.birmanie.ch/fr/home.php/
But mostly in franch.

8 8 8 8
August 8th 2008
One date
Two dramas

Big solidarity party
In front of the fountain of the Olympic Museum at Ouchy-Lausanne -- from 6 pm to 11 pm.

On this, the opening day of the Olympic Games in Beijing, let's come together to denounce the complicity of the government of China which is supporting and committing human rights violations, both in Tibet and in Burma.

Burma
On August 8th 2008 we commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the tragedy of 8.8.88. On that day about 4,000 persons (monks, students and civilians) were slaughtered while they demonstrated peacefully on the streets of Rangoon.

Tibet
What a clever distraction set up by the Chinese Communist Party ! They tried to make the world believe that the human rights situation was going to change before the opening of the 2008 Olympics! - especially in Tibet, a country which has suffered a deliberate policy of eradication since its occupation by China in 1951.

On the programme :

-Claude B.Levenson, journalist and author, specialist on Tibetan and Burmese questions

-Testimony from representatives of the Burmese community and the Tibetan community in Switzerland

- Political personalities

-Christian Calame, K & Co, artists, composers and performers

-At 8:08 pm One minute of silence and the release of doves
in memory of all the victims
as a symbol of peace and the hope of freedom

-Christian Benda, famous Swiss cellist, leader of the Prague Symphony Orchestra and human rights defender

-Two Burmese Buddhist monks

-At 9 pm the fountain will be lit up by one thousand flames as a symbol of the victims of Burmese and Chinese suppression

-Projection of videos

-Information stands

-Asian food and bar

-Come dressed in yellow-orange-red-saffron in homage to the monks

-and take a small cushion with you, the party will be long !

Event organized by:

* Aude Fluckiger, Swiss-Burma Association
* Regis de Battista, La Porte du Tibet

▀United Kingdom▀

# London
# There will be protest in front Chinese Embassy starting at 10-12.

The organizations taking part will be,

Burma Democratic Concern
http://www.bdcburma.org/
NLD(LA) UK
http://www.nld-la.org.uk/
Women of Burma -UK
Zimbawe Vigil
http://www.zimvigil.co.uk/
#

–A monument of glass by and dedicated to former prisoners, which will be unveiled by senior political figures in the morning, a big media-friendly demo at lunchtime at the Burmese embassy, and an exhibition on 88 and political prisoners in the evening.

Contact: Burma Campaign UK

– Protest
Place: In front Chinese Embassy in London
Address: 49-51 Portland Place, W1B 1JL
City : London, United Kingdom

Date: 8.8.08
Time: 10am to 12 pm

Contact: Burma Democratic Concern, National League for Democracy (Liberated Area) UK, Women of Burma UK, Burmese Muslim Association UK

▀Canada▀

# Ottawa#

To commemorate this historic occasion, the Canadian Friends of Burma is planning numerous activities including the followings on August 8, 2008:

1) Proclamation of “Burma Day” in the City of Ottawa (in progress)
2) Hoisting the symbol of Burmese democratic flag, “fighting peacock”
3) Screening film and documentaries e.g.“Beyond Rangoon,” and “Inside Burma, Land of Fear”
4) Photo Exhibitions on 8.8.88 uprisings in Burma
5) Demonstration in front of Burmese and Chinese Embassy

Please contact CFOB office at 613-237-8056, or email to cfob@cfob.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for further info.

# Toronto
# Toronto - August 8th

Noon: Press Conference at Ontario Legislative Building, Queen’s Park
Noon to 1 PM: Speeches at Queen’s Park
1 PM: March to the Chinese Consulate from Queen’s Park (Burmese and
Tibetan communities together)
2 PM on ward: Photo exhibition, acts, speeches, candle light vigils in front of the Chinese Consulate Office

Contact: Burmese Democratic Forces - Toronto zaw.w.kyaw@gmail.com This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

# Vancouver
# Vancouver. August 8 vigil.4:30pm to 7pm: Protest in front of the Chinese Consulate#

August 9th
10am: Rally at the Chinese Consulate
11am to 12pm: March to the Vancouver Art Gallery – along Granville Street
12noon to 6pm:Human Rights and Social Justice Rally/Festival at the Vancouver Art Gallery

▀United States▀

* BERKELEY, CA

Berkeley Burma Day Burmese Flag Raising
Friday August 8, 2008, 8:08 AM (7:50 - 8:30 am)
Berkeley City Hall, Berkeley
2180 Milvia Street (between Allston Way and Center St;
One block from the downtown Berkeley BART station

# Chicago
Chicago - August 7th
Rally in support of Burma in front of the Chinese Consulate in Chicago (401 N. Michigan Ave) from 4-6pm on 8/7/08.

Contact: Buddhist Peace Fellowship

* Dallas, TX
Dallas Vigil to Commemorate 1988 Pro-Democracy Protests in Burma

Who: 200 Texas supporters of Burma. Sponsors: U.S.

Campaign for Burma
What: Dallas vigil commemorating the 1988 Burma pro-democracy protests
When: 7:00 PM Central time, Friday, August 8, 2008
Where: Dallas City Hall Plaza, 1500 Marilla St., Dallas

CONTACT: Claire Balani
Tel: (817) 528-7522
Email: claire@uscampaignforburma.org

# Los Angeles
# This coming August 8, 2008 is a very significant day for Burma
because it is the 20th anniversary of the 8-8-88 nationwide
uprising, which initiated the democratic movements in Burma.

To pay
tribute to such an important day in Burma's modern history, we would
like to hold a ceremony in memory of fallen democracy heroes -
monks, students, and common citizens - at the following date and
venue. All are cordially invited.

Date: Aug.3, 2008 (Sunday)
Time: 10 AM-2PM
Place: Burma Buddhist Monastery
710 Grandview Lane, La Puente, CA 91744
Cuisine: Burmese noodle, tea, pickled tea-leaves salad, fruits, and
jelly drink

Contact:
Temple (626) 336-3419
Ko Maw Gyi (714) 262-6930
Ko Khin Maung Shwe (626) 679-2689
Ko Pye Nyein (626) 246-2237
Ko Phone Yaung Oo (626) 814-5594
Ma Khin Ohn (714) 260-2960
Cho-Wunna (626) 373-5848
Ko Thuya (714) 331-5804

* New York*
we will be hosting a welcoming event for Ko AThein and Ko Zaw Min Htwe of 88 Generation Students. Ko AThein and Ko Zaw Min Htwe have been walking across the United States from Portland, Oregon to the United Nations (nearly 3,000 miles) in an effort to raise awareness of human rights violations in Burma.

If you or your organization would like to join us in organizing these important events, please contact the below-listed individuals by July 12th, 2008.

Event Contacts: Aung Khant (516-808-1515)

Aung Min Tun (917-425-7809)

Khin Sandi (917-445-9222)

Thant Zin Myint (347-229-6355)
*

▀▀The Global Justice Center, alldaybuffet. org, Eli Klein Fine Art, Serene Communications, and the International Burmese Monks Organization have joined to create Global Justice for Burma. Coinciding with the opening of the Beijing Olympics on August 8, 2008, this group will launch an international campaign to bring Burma’s General Than Shwe and the military regime in Burma (officially known as the State Peace and Development Council or SPDC) to justice by referring them to the International Criminal Court. This larger campaign will kick off with a series of coinciding “B8 Events” held in art galleries in major cities across the world featuring contemporary Chinese artists. These events will bring together members of the Burmese community, global human rights organizations, and other activist and creative communities.

New York City, US

Eli Klein Fine Art
462 West Broadway , NYC
7:00-10:00pm

* Phoenix, Arizona

* San Diego

* San Francisco
* SAN FRANCISCO

San Francisco Burma Day Rally
Friday August 8, 2008, 4-7 PM
Union Square, San Francisco
333 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

FOR MORE INFO VISIT: http://www.badasf.org/



▀▀* The Global Justice Center, alldaybuffet. org, Eli Klein Fine Art, Serene Communications, and the International Burmese Monks Organization have joined to create Global Justice for Burma. Coinciding with the opening of the Beijing Olympics on August 8, 2008, this group will launch an international campaign to bring Burma’s General Than Shwe and the military regime in Burma (officially known as the State Peace and Development Council or SPDC) to justice by referring them to the International Criminal Court. This larger campaign will kick off with a series of coinciding “B8 Events” held in art galleries in major cities across the world featuring contemporary Chinese artists. These events will bring together members of the Burmese community, global human rights organizations, and other activist and creative communities.

San Francisco

Frey Norris Gallery
456 Greary Street, San Francisco
6:00-9:00pm

▀Hong Kong▀

* August Sky in Burma - 20 Year After the 8888 Uprising

The Hong Kong Coalition for a Free Burma will holding a photo exhibition on the 20 years since the 8888 democracy uprising in Burma in Mongkok on August 1st. Please see the following event for more details.

http://www.facebook.com/events.php?ref=sb#/event.php?eid=19003419285/

▀India▀

* http://www.globaljusticeforburma.org/

The Global Justice Center, alldaybuffet. org, Eli Klein Fine Art, Serene Communications, and the International Burmese Monks Organization have joined to create Global Justice for Burma. Coinciding with the opening of the Beijing Olympics on August 8, 2008, this group will launch an international campaign to bring Burma’s General Than Shwe and the military regime in Burma (officially known as the State Peace and Development Council or SPDC) to justice by referring them to the International Criminal Court. This larger campaign will kick off with a series of coinciding “B8 Events” held in art galleries in major cities across the world featuring contemporary Chinese artists. These events will bring together members of the Burmese community, global human rights organizations, and other activist and creative communities.

Delhi, India
The Gulmohar Room
India Habitat Center
Lodhi Road, New Delhi
6:30-9:00pm

▀Malaysia▀

* KUALA LUMPUR OR PENANG

8.8.08 rally in front of China Embassy in Kuala Lumpur or Penang
will update with more info once it becomes available...

▀Philippines▀

Run up to August - from July 16 - August 2, we will have photo-petition sign up campaign in the factories and schools (people sign up and have their photos taken for the website gallery) for the “8888faces calling for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners in Burma” (kindly visit www. 8888faces. org) this will be in factories where we have unions as FBC-Phils members and in schools where our members will set up their sign up booths with public exhibition (photos and campaign materials). This campaign started in August of last year and we’re bound to complete the 8,888 names and faces this august.

August 3 - “Bike for Burma” Bikers travel around Metro Manila sporting Free Burma slogans.

The event is co-sponsored by Amnesty International Pilipinas

August 3-7 Media activities.

FBC-Phils members doing the media rounds for TV, print and radio interviews; we will also try to get a house resolution at the Lower House of the Congress in support of Burma democratization

August 8 - morning - Torch relay for Democracy and human rights in Burma.

FBC-Phils members (about 80 people) will go around the Makati commercial district (on a motorcade) and hold short rallies in front of the following offices:
1st stop - China consulate to calling China to stop supporting the SPDC military junta and not to veto and UNSC attempt to address Burma issue with a binding resolution; also call on to stop HR violations in China and Tibet
2nd stop - Royal Thai Embassy as the next chair of the ASEAN - to call on the ASEAN to halt its constructive engagement policy and to reject the SPDC roadmap to democracy.

For ASEAN to pressure the SPDC junta to sit down on a tripartite dialogue towards genuine democratic reforms
3rd stop - Myanmar SPDC junta - in commemoration of the 20th year of the crushing of the popular uprising in Burma.

Calls: Free Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners; tripartite dialogue for democratic transition; stop all forms of human rights violations
4th stop - Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to call on the Philippine government to lead the ASEAN in pressuring the SPDC junta to sit down on a dialogue and take concrete actions towards democratization

All these will happen the whole morning

August 8 - evening - Burma cultural solidarity night and candle lighting “Keep the fire Burning” - with a concert and open to the public; will be held in a university campus; we’re still raising funds for this.

August 15 - Public exhibition of the 8888faces campaign at the Mehan garden public park in Manila

▀Thailand▀

* Bangkok
# Bangkok – Protest August 8th
Where: 10-11 am Chinese Embassy
12-13 pm Burmese Embassy

▀Australia▀

*Melbourne
*MELBOURNE Commemoration for 8888

August 8th marks the 20th anniversary of a nation wide uprising demanding for democracy and human rights, in which over four thousand peaceful demonstrators were killed along with continued arrests where increase over six thousand political prisoners, including monks, elected MPs, students, women and workers' activists. Rapes, killings, tortures and genocides still remain unravelled silences.

So, the Melbourne- Burma's community activists pay a special tribute and salute to those who have risked or sacrificed their lives, and greatly honour courageous perseverance and persistence of inspirational and resilient leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and the cheerful people of Burma.

Saturday 9th August, 2008 @ 1 - 4pm
Noble Park Community Centre,
Memorial Drive,Noble Park (Melway Ref 80 E12)

Program includes:
* Special guest speakers;Hong Lim Mp, Garry Woodard
* Slideshow presentation
* Live music performances
* Children poem readings
* Cultural dances of diverse Burma's ethnic nationalities
* Good foods and much more…

*Perth* 8/ 8/ 08 (JACDB) PERTH Commemoration, Australian Asian Association Hall (AAA Hall) 275 Stirling Street, North Perth, 6pm-10pm

* Sydney
*Event Name:

(8-8-88) 20th Anniversary of the Pro-Democracy Struggle of Burma

Event Location:

Ukrainian Hall, Joseph Street, Lidcombe

Event Date:

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Time: 5pm to 10 pm

Event Details:

On behalf of the Burmese Community & the 8-8-88 Commemoration Committee 2008, I invite you to join the Burmese community, to mark the 20th Anniversary of the 8th August, 1988 Pro-Democracy Demonstrations which were led by the people of Burma.

RSVP: Phone: 02 9896 8966 Mobile: 0427 417 620

As you will remember, the peaceful pro-democracy demonstrations - often referred to as the 8-8-88 uprising - were brutally put down by the military regime in Burma, with over 3000 people being killed and many more forced to flee the country.

Now is a particularly crucial time for democracy in Burma. Twenty years have elapsed. The events of the last few months, especially the sham referendum in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, have made it abundantly clear that the regime has total disregard for human rights and dignity. In September last year, as a result of increasing exasperation and poverty, the people of Burma, led by Buddhist monks, took to the streets in peaceful protests.. This "Saffron Revolution'' was met by brute force, and numerous monks and civilians were killed, and thousands were incarcerated. Again, many were forced to flee the country.

The regime's deliberate disregard for the people of Burma is again highlighted by their response to Cyclone Nargis. The regime is blocking and stealing aid, and arresting private individuals who are providing much needed humanitarian assistance.

The Burmese community is gathering on August 2, 2008 to pay respect to those who have given so much for the fight for democracy in Burma. We come together with renewed hope and commitment for a democratic and free Burma.

The Australian public has made it clear that they support us through active engagement in our campaigns and in their messages of support. As a respected member of the Australian community, you are cordially invited to join us in marking this important occasion.

Organiser: 8-8-88 Commemoration Committee, 2008

More information please contact:
Dr Kyaw-Myint Malia
RSVP: Phone: 02 9896 8966 Mobile: 0427 417 620
Email malia.kyawmyint@yahoo.com.au This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

* 3 DAY FAST FOR BURMA
Dear 8/8/08 Facebookies,

Hello from Australia! Thanks for all your hardwork for Burma.

There is an invitation to fast for 3 days (could be from food, coffee, TV, technology or anything else that works) from 8am on the 7th August 2008 until 8pm on the 9th August 2008.

I have set up a little webpage http://fastforburma.wordpress.com/
and have a facebook group called 3 Day Fast for Burma at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=19343238044/

Peace
Matt Godfrey

▀New Zealand▀
# WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND

Rally at Chinese Embassy: 12-5pm
Address: 2-6 Glenmore Street, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand

Contact: John Howse-Burma Campaign New Zealand

Burma Campaign NZ & Burma Office NZ (NCUB)
Contact: +64 211 21 8118, +64 211 098 796

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