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Part 2 – Aung San Suu Kyi

Part 2 Aung San Suu Kyi – spoken text and projections from the world wide web

About the Burmese democracy activist who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. The text expresses awe and respect and recounts events in the life of Aung San Suu Kyi .  The central action is the laying of fabrics printed with photographs interpreting traditional Buddhist offerings.

(text excerpts from Part 2: Aung San Suu Kyi)

Aung San Suu Kyi, Aung San Suu Kyi.  You answered the call of destiny.  You understood the weight of your father’s blood on the floor, the weight on your shoulders.  How it weighed on your small shoulders.   You understood the call, you understood the moment, you understood the choice.  The choice that was yours, to change the world.  To bring peace.

To bring democracy where SLORC digs roads with nine year old slaves.  Where mountain people sell their daughters as their only hope for survival.  Where AIDS and heroin are the signs of transition from the old ways to the new globalization.

Then SLORC hated you.  They hated you while understanding you were the daughter of the father with his blood on the floor, that you held the love of the people.  That they could not understand.  They could not understand love.

They tried their ways.  The only ways they knew.  The ways of thugs, intimidation, hate and guns.  And you.  Aung San Sui Kyi – you walked towards the guns held to frighten you.  You walked and walked and did not stop as the young soldiers of SLORC held their guns meant as signs that you would die.  You walked.

That was several years ago Aung San Suu Kyi.  And still you are there, Aung San Suu Kyi. You can leave your house now, Aung San Suu Kyi.  But the men of SLORC, under a new name, refuse you the right to travel.  You sat in your car and refused food.  Your husband died of cancer without you.  You ask  for the dawn to move quickly to full morning.

I do not forget you Aung San Suu Kyi.  How I admire you.  You are like a Buddha, Aung San Suu Kyi.  We can be, Aung San Suu Kyi.

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