London – Irish rock group U2, about to embark on a new concert tour, Sunday urged its fans to join in a protest against Myanmar’s ongoing arrest of political activist Aung San Suu Kyi. On its internet site, U2 offered a mask of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate which could be downloaded. U2 urged fans to wear the mask when the group performs the song “Walk On – which is dedicated to Suu Kyi – in order to draw global attention to her situation and to the human rights violations in Myanmar.
U2’s “360 degrees” tour, already completely sold out, starts June 30 in Barcelona.
In 2009 U2 fans at every show will be reminding the world of the plight of Burma’s democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. A Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi has been described as Asia’s Nelson Mandela. Her party, the National League for Democracy, won elections in 1990 but the ruling military junta refused to hand over power. Since that day most of her time has been spent under house arrest.