A 14th Birthday in Prison

by
Abby Zimet

A protester stands behind
mock prison bars during a picket at the Myanmar Embassy at Manila's
financial district of Makati City, Philippines, to mark the 64th
birthday of jailed Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who has now spent 14 birthdays in prison.

Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi
celebrated her 64th birthday in prison Friday, sharing rice and chocolate cake with her guards as protesters around the world demanded she be freed. European Union countries warned they would renew  sanctions, concerts and vigils were held in over 20 cities worldwide, a petition with 670,000 signatures of people from 220 countries was delivered to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and dignitaries and celebrities posted online messages of support. 

 "Now
is the time for the international community to speak with one voice:
Free Aung San Suu Kyi," said part of the message on http://64forsuu.org

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