Activists wish "Unhappy Bad day" to Than Shwe
On 1 February 2008 at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Lanna Action for Burma (LAB) organized General Than Shwe's "bad day" event at Chiang Mai University, Social Science building 4, over his human right abuses on the peoples of Burma for over 20 years. Foreigners, Thai people and some Burmese people participated in the "World's 10 worst Dictators" third place winner's pre-birthday "celebration".
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"Although we know the end of Than Shwe's power is so very close we still would like to mark this day. After all he deserves to have many bad-day wishes. For 50 million people in Burma, everyday is a bad day because of the atrocities of successive military regimes. He has the power to change his fate, not just try and avoid it. We want him held responsible," said Cynthia Hill, a member of LAB.
"I think it is great that there are groups around the world who are wishing Than Shwe an unhappy bad day. For us in Australia this is a new way of bringing the attention….so, for me it is great, and it shows the strength of people outside Burma have come together," expressed Jessica Krummel who is a participant and who is also a coordinator of Australia Burma Network.
The group sang ”unhappy bad day” song for Than Shwe then cut the pink cake decorated in women panty shape and fed to dogs.
"The media role is very important, we are organizing this activity and other activities and we really hope to get media attention to our work, so that the media can bring this information to everywhere", answered Ying Tzarm, who is an activist, when asked how they are going to get their messages across.
Women's articles are used for anti-Than Shwe campaigns to remove him from the power because it is believed that contact with items used by women below the navel can lessen men's power.
Senior General Than Shwe will turn 75 tomorrow, 2 February 2008.