Press Release: Terry Evans
Burmese "Panties for Peace" Campaign
A Burmese pro democracy group based in Chang Mai, Thailand have come up with an imaginative way of expressing their
disproval against the brutal Burmese junta, by sending womans' knickers to Burmese Embassies.
Embassies in the Thailand, United Kingdom, Singapore and Australia have all been recent recipients of the "Panties for
Peace" campaign. Jackie Pollock, a member of the Lanna Action for Burma Committee, said the campaign is aimed at the
superstitious Burmese generals "who believe that touching a woman's pants or sarong will make them lose their strength,"
The amusing campaign has a serious side, in that it allows ordinary women to express their anger at the junta's vicious
crackdown on the peaceful Buddhist monks of Burma , Ms Pollack said.
"Recent condemnation by the UN and western governments have had no impact on the generals. This is a way of trying to
reach them where they will feel it," she said. "The junta is famous for its abuse of women; it is well documented that
they use rape as a weapon of war against ethnic minorities. This is a way for women around the world to express their
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