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‘The Australian government should withdraw its ambassador and halt all cooperation with the Burmese military regime’

Socialist Aliance Senate candidate and APEC protest organiser Alex Bainbridge supports solidarity protests against repression in Myanmar

Friday, September 28, 2007

“The Socialist Alliance supports the struggle for democracy in Myanmar (Burma), and stands in solidarity with the democracy movement activists, political prisoners and exiles bravely defying its military dictatorship”, Alex Bainbridge, Socialist Alliance NSW Senate candidate and a central organiser of the recent Stop Bush protests at the Sydney APEC Summit, said today.

“Our members are joining the solidarity actions now taking place around Australia. Among them are many of the activists who helped organise the several thousand-strong protest that peacefully defied a police-state lockdown during the Sydney APEC Summit on September 8.

“We call on everyone who supports democratic rights to come out and join these protests.”

“The Socialist Alliance demands an immediate halt to the brutal repression of the democracy movement. We also demand the immediate release of all political prisoners in Myanmar, including Nobel Peace Prize winner and National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

“The Socialist Alliance also calls for the immediate resignation of the illegitimate military regime in Myanmar and for its replacement by a government formed by the National League for Democracy, which decisively won the 1990 parliamentary elections.

“The Australian government should immediately withdraw its ambassador in protest and halt all cooperation with military regime in Myanmar.

“In particular, the Australian government should halt the training provided by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for the repressive Myanmar police force.”

For interviews contact: Alex Bainbridge 0413 976 638

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