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On Monday, 8 August from 1-2pm the Burmese exile community will gather in front of the Burmese Embassy at 19A Charles Street, London SW1 (nearest tube Green Park) to mark the 17th anniversary of the pro-democracy movement of 1988. I am writing to ask you to join this protest and show your solidarity with the people of Burma as we remember the massacre of students, monks and other Burmese people who were slaughtered by the Burmese military on August 8, 1988 – a day known as “8888”.

Since the massacres of 1988, the illegal junta that rules Burma has continued to brutally suppress the democracy movement. Over 1,300 prisoners of conscience remain in prison, subjected to systematic torture. Democracy leader and Nobel Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi remains under house arrest. The ethnic nationalities, the Karen, Karenni, Shan, Mon, Chin, Kachin and Arakan, continue to face serious violations of human rights – forced labour, forced relocation, rape, torture, destruction of villages, crops and livestock, the use of human minesweepers, religious persecution and murder. Burma ’s junta stands accused of committing crimes against humanity and attempted genocide. We must continue to speak up for truth, justice and freedom in Burma .

I hope you can spare one hour next Monday to join CSW and the Burmese community in remembrance of those who died and in protest at the regime which continues to kill. Even if you cannot be there in person, please be there in spirit and in prayer, for the day of justice and freedom to come soon for all the people of Burma .