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McCartney, Yoko join call for Suu Kyi’s release

world Updated: Jun 20, 2009 00:36 IST
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Beatles legend Paul McCartney and John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono added messages to a website on Friday calling for the release of Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi on her 64th birthday.

The pair posted on the “64 for Aung San Suu Kyi” campaign site, joining other famous names including British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and US actors George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

“Aung San Suu Kyi is an inspiration to her country and the rest of the world,” McCartney’s message said.

“I truly admire her infallible resolve and her determination to stand up for what she believes in. It is vital that Aung San Suu Kyi is released so that she can govern the people who elected her and give Burma back the freedom we all take for granted.”

Ono’s message said simply: “FREE Daw Aung San Suu Kyi NOW!”

Aung San Suu Kyi spent her birthday in Yangon’s Insein Prison, where she is being held during her trial over an incident in which an American man swam to her home.

Her political party said it had brought her food, a birthday cake and flowers, which she would share with guards at the jail.