Min Ko Naing’s 49 birthday ceremony -videos Burma VJ Media

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi with Zarganar at Ko Min Ko Naing’s Birthday Event at a monastery in Rangoon.

“Dear Mr. President, release him as a birthday gift,” famous Burmese comedian Zarganar told an event to mark the 49th birthday of jailed democracy activist Min Ko Naing—meaning Conqueror of Kings.

As one of the jailed 88 Generation Students’ leaders, Min Ko Naing (real name Paw Oo Tun) is currently serving a 65-year sentence in Keng Tung Prison—a remote jail in Shan State—while family members and supporters celebrated his birth on Tuesday at a monastery in Mayangon Township, Rangoon.

Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi also attended the event and made a speech in support of Min Ko Naing. The Nobel Peace Laureate said those that strive towards achieving others’ freedom should think about themselves first, feel free and work for others.

“It is very important to practice living a life with ‘freedom from fear.’ If they can practice it, they can experience freedom even they stay behind bars. If not, they will never taste real freedom even if they are not in prison,” said Suu Kyi. “It shouldn’t happen that people who are not in prison still remain behind bars.”

Min Ko Naing, a former zoology student from Rangoon Arts and Science University, started getting involved in politics through the traditional Than Gyat competition. Held during the annual water festival, these performances have sketched and satirized the government since 1985 with Min Ko Naing’s “goat mouth and spirit eye” act remaining famous. Continue reading “Min Ko Naing’s 49 birthday ceremony -videos Burma VJ Media”