‘Monday’ Action: End Total Control in Burma
I need not recap the details; the situation in Burma is dire and within the next two weeks the country’s fate will be sealed one way or another: the road to freedom or the road to even greater tyranny for decades to come. While it is important that these move for freedom is by and of the people of Burma, we cannot simply sit by and watch. Because of its connections with Burma, it is vital that people start their own protests at their local Total petrol station.
‘Total’ has a longstanding deal with the Burmese military government on a gas pipeline in the south of the country, providing one of the biggest sources of revenue that the regime currently has. Aung San Suu Kyi, the elected leader of Burma, now under house arrest, stated that “Total is the biggest supporter of the military regime in Burma”, and has called for actions against the company.
There may only be one embassy in Britain, but there’s a Total garage in most towns, and many provide a perfect location for getting the message out. And you needn’t shut the garage down; banners and leaflets can be just as effective, and the wide media coverage will probably help quite a bit. There’s at least one ‘master’ for leaflets available which is worth using or you can make up your own.