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Aung San Suu Kyi to Celebrate 60th Birthday in Detention

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Politicians, musicians and human rights activists throughout the world are increasing pressure on Burma to release opposition leader as she prepares to celebrate her 60th birthday Sunday in detention.

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw on Thursday repeated his calls for her release, saying her treatment by Burmese military authorities is indefensible.

To mark her 60th birthday, a top member of the U.S. Congress, Democratic Representative Tom Lantos, said he will lead a protest in front of the Burmese embassy in Washington to demand her release.

Other protests are planned at a dozen Burmese embassies worldwide, including in London, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Pretoria.

And on Sunday a popular U.S. rock band, R.E.M., plans to broadcast a song dedicated to the pro-democracy leader into Burma via satellite television. The U.S. Campaign for Burma says it will perform a song in her honor during a June 19th concert in Dublin, Ireland.
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