From left, Jeremy Corbyn, Mayor Jilani Chowdhury, Zayar Thaw, director of the British group of the Inter Parliamentary Union Rick Nimmo and Burmese delegate Nay Chi Win
Published: 29 June, 2012
by PETER GRUNER
A BURMESE singer who was jailed for his beliefs visited Islington on Monday as part of a fact-finding tour of London.
Hip-hop singer Zayar Thaw, 31, a close colleague of freedom fighter Aung San Suu Kyi, spent three years in jail for peaceful opposition to the Burmese regime. He is visiting Europe with Ms Suu Kyi, recently released after 15 years under house arrest.
He spoke about the battle for political freedom in Burma when he joined Mayor Jilani Chowdhury and MP Jeremy Corbyn at the town hall.
Mr Thaw plans to stand as an MP in Burma. “We just want to live a normal life like everyone else,” he said. “Our people want to wake up and not be fearful of being arrested for simply speaking our mind.”