Pressrelease: Global Action for Free Burma



PLEASE JOIN US: Visual Artists Guild will participate in the Global Action with a Caravan

WHAT: On February 1, Myanmar (formerly called Burma) military seized power from the ruling NLD (National League for Democracy).
              This is a call for Global Action For Free Burma around the world to demand China stop its support of the Myanmar military junta.
              China has vetoed a UN statement condemning the military coup.
              Visual Artists Guild will participate in the global action with a caravan going to the China Consulate.
WHEN:   Saturday, February 20, 2021, 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Caravan will leave at 11:00 a.m. from Los Angeles State Historical Park near Chinatown and
                 arriving at the China Consulate at 443 Shatto Place.
                 See direction and map below.
Caravan Direction: Meet at Los Angeles State Historical Park parking area.
                 1545 N. Spring St., Los Angeles 90012 (corner of Sotello st.)
                  Caravan will begin at 11:00 a.m.
                  Go South on N Spring St.; Right on College St; Left on Broadway;
                  Right on 1st St.; Left on Grand;
                  Right on Wilshire; Right on Vermont; Right on 6th;
                  Right on Shatto Place. 
                  Please wear face mask and observer social distance when outside of the car.  
                  Please print out (and enlarge if possible) the attached signs and paste on each side of your car.
                  Also in the front and the back as well if possible. 



Background Information:
                 On February 1, 2021, the military of Myanmar (formerly called Burma) staged a coup and arrested the democratically elected members of the ruling party including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, cabinet ministers, state and region chief ministers, party leaders . 
                 The election in 2020 gave the National League for Democracy (NLD) 396 out of 476 seats in parliament.  The coup happened the day before the Parliament of Myanmar was due to swear in the elected members of that election.  The army claimed the vote was fraudulent.
                  Since the coup, citizens in Myanmar have taken to the streets in protests with labor strikes, civil disobedience with a three finger salute symbol of protest.  The military had since blocked the internet, beside arresting the politicians from the NLD, the military also arrested journalists and celebrities.
                  Gun shots have been reported and the military has increasingly using violent tactics on the protesters.
 Information on Global Action:
                  Ii Maung: 310-753-3467
 Information on Visual Artists Guild Caravan to Consulate:
                 Ann Lau 310-433-0697
                 Visual Artists Guild is a non-profit organization which supports the right of freedom of speech and expression.