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Time for action
In the early morning Netwerk Vlaanderen distributed birthday cards amongst the employees of ING, Dexia, Fortis and KBC. They asked them to give a birthday present to San Suu Kyi by urging their bank to disinvest from companies in Burma. Later that day a delegation of Burmese democrats, human rights activists, actors and a filmcrew, visited the Brussels City Council. They were received by Bruno De Lille, Deputy Mayor for international solidarity. He explained why the city of Brussels has become ‘Municipality for Burma’ and voiced his birthday message for San Suu Kyi in front of the camera. This message will be broadcast in Burma.
After this intervention, the delegation visited the headquarters of ING, Fortis, KBC and Dexia. The activists asked the spokespersons of the banks for their message to San Suu Kyi and read them a statement against investments in Burma, signed by a broad range of international organisations. The banks were treated with a delicious Birthday Cake, an entertaining theatre piece and music. The employees were amused and some of them even sang along to ‘Happy Birthday Aung San Suu Kyi’.
If only they would also help to end investments in Burma, everyone would be happy!