Oct 6, 2007

Jim Carrey calls UN to act on Myanmar

Famous Hollywood actor Jim Carrey urged the U.N. Security Council on Friday to ban all international arms shipments to Myanmar to pressure the country to end its brutal suppression of pro-democracy protesters and its detention of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

"This is a government that uses its weapons not in self defense, but against its own citizens," the actor/comedian told a news conference across the street from the United Nations.

Jim Carrey also made an appeal to Than Shwe, head of the latest junta of Burma: "There is nothing to defend if you have lost the faith of your people. It is already over."

Last week, monks led protests of up to 100,000 people in Myanmar's largest city Yangon and elsewhere. The marches were halted by security forces who raided monasteries, imposed curfews, and killed 10 people, by the official count. via Reuters


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