For Immediate Release
October 3, 2007
Pete Perry, 571-271-1313
Thelma Young, 202-234-8022
Peace and Human Rights Groups March to Burmese, Chinese and Indian
Embassies on International Free Burma Day
WASHINGTON, DC – Responding to a global call for Saturday, October 6th
to be an international day of solidarity with the people's
pro-democracy movement in Myanmar, also known as Burma, the Washington
Peace Center and U.S. Campaign for Burma will march from the Burmese
Embassy 23rd and S Streets, NW, to the Chinese Embassy at Kalorama
Road and Connecticut Avenue, NW, and ending at the Indian Embassy on Q
Street, near Dupont Circle.
In response to last week's violent crackdown on Buddhist monks and
civilians in Rangoon, Mandalay and other towns and cities in Burma, a
popular group on the Web site Facebook has named October 6th
International Day Of Support for Burma. The U.S. Campaign for Burma, a
group dedicated to building broad-based support for freedom in Burma,
and the Washington Peace Center, a 44-year-old peace and justice
organization are combining efforts for a march beginning 12 Noon at
2300 S Street, NW and ending at the Indian Embassy where the Mahatma
Gandhi statue is at 21st and Massachusetts Avenue, NW.
"The people of Burma are taking a stand for freedom and democracy, and
we must now take a stand in full solidarity and support," said Thelma
Young, Campaigns Coordinator at U.S. Campaign for Burma. "We hope to
pressure both China and India to take a much stronger position against
the military junta."
"The images of nonviolent monks, students and other civilians being
shot and brutally beaten are heart wrenching," said Pete Perry a
member of the Washington Peace Center's board of directors. "All good
people of conscience ought to now march with their brothers and
sisters in Burma."
Nobel Peace Prize recipient Desmond Tutu has joined the movement to
support freedom in Burma. He has said he will boycott the 2008
Olympics unless China changes its position at the U.N. Security
There are expected to be peace and human rights activists, Buddhist
monks, students and participants in this year's Green Festival, taking
place this weekend, participating in this march.