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June 27, 2013

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More setting up, tomorrow we open.

June 26, 2013

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Starting to set up on first day.

June 24, 2013

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2013 Little Burmese Tea Shop at Glastonbury

June 23, 2013

After last years break from Glastonbury we are back again in The Green Futures Field, hopefully next to The Speakers Forum as per usual.

This year we will be campaigning about the ongoing crisis in Kachin State and have two people from the area who have extensive knowledge about all the problems facing the Kachin including the Myitsone Dam which we will be asking people to sign a petition about. http://www.kachinrelief.org.uk/

As this years theme of The Green Futures Field is ‘Water’ is seems appropriate that not only is the Myitsone Dam project about water but our second campaign is concerning The Rohingya who have been, and continue to be, persecuted in Burma often being forced to live in tiny fishing boats off of the coast.

We will have some campaign material from the fantastic Restless Beings that you can see here:- http://www.restlessbeings.org/projects/rohingya

Also if you want to see and download the rest of our campaign material for more info or to hold your own Burmese Tea Shop in case you can’t make it to Glastonbury then here you go:- The Little Burmese Tea Shop2013 Background Info on Burma LBTS 2013 ltbtslinks2013 myitsonepetition

This year at Glastonbury 2011…

June 14, 2011

This year at The Little Burmese Tea Shop we are gearing up for a very busy time at Glastonbury.

We will have three exciting guests along for the ride.
Firstly artist Ko Htein Lin who is an ex-political prisoner from Burma. He managed to secretly produce 200
paintings while serving his six and a half years inside and have them smuggled out. He will be making
paintings and hopefully running a practical workshop about how he made his work in prison. You can
see his work here:- hteinlin.com  He will also be on hand to chat and drink free tea with anyone that
wants to stop by.
Next we have Andrew Unger who is the head of Law at London South Bank University. Andy will be
talking at The Speakers Forum (also in The Green Futures Field) on Thursday at 10.30am and again
on Saturday at 6pm about Burma and International Human Rights Strategy.
You will also be able to join a discussion group that he will be holding at The Little
Burmese Tea Shop on Friday at 4pm about Burma and Sanctions and  on Saturday at 1pm about Burma
and International Crimes. Andy will also be on hand to chat and share a cup of free Burmese tea with
people.
Lastly we have soon to be record breaking Ben Hammond. Ben has been raising awareness about
the situation in Burma by getting as many people as possible to join his “Free To Dance” campaign.
Ben will be attempting to dance for 72 hours for a dry run leading up to his world record attempt in
October. More information here:- glastodancer.com  Ben probably won’t be around much
at The Tea Shop but if you do see him please join him in a dance for Burma, he’s a terrible dancer
but a top bloke.
This year any donations that we are given will be split between these three Burmese groups:-
The Free Burma Rangers:- www.freeburmarangers.org
The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners in Burma:- www.aappb.org
and lastly The Karenni Student Development Programme:- www.ksdp.co.uk
Hope to see you there for Burmese Green Tea, Burmese Ginger Salad and lots of chatting.

Glastonbury 2010

June 7, 2011

Glastonbury celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2010. Festival goers were allowed into the grounds a day early and for the teashop this was a very busy Glastonbury with continual tea servings, many requests for the famous ginger salad and lots of political awareness raising!

As the Military regime were calling for an election in November 2010 it was felt that this year the main awareness raising would be around the sham elections taking place later in the year.

The current ruling party, the Junta’s State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) – in its new constitution (which it took over a decade to write up) had disallowed Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, The National League for Democracy (NLD), the main opposition to take place in the elections. The clause within the deeply flawed constitution stated that those who had been imprisoned previously or currently were not able to stand in the elections. Considering that imprisonment for political activism and pro democracy activities was common place, with many still serving long sentences (of up to 65 years) this ruled out a large proportion of NLD members. The elections taking place in 2010 had not gathered international support and the structuring of the elections was neither fair nor free. The sham election was designed to allow the SPDC to continue to stay in power, to maintain the status quo and to continue with the same atrocious human rights abuses. Very little change would happen for the citizens of Burma and the teashop talked about these issues to bring to light the false elections.

To see all the photos from 2010:- Glastonbury 2010 photos

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Glastonbury 2009

June 7, 2011

The Teashop in 2009 focused on raising awareness of two main issues.
The Constitutional Referendum in Burma and the effects of Cyclone Nargis,
also Aung Sun Suu Kyi’s unjust imprisonment because of an American man
swimming out to her house unannounced was discussed.
Cyclone Nargis had inundated the Irrawaddy Delta region of Burma, unofficial
death toll ran at 140,000 people. The regime refused to acknowledge the
severity of the disaster, and obstructed aid – domestic and international –
from reaching the victims. Two weeks after the Cyclone, victims were evicted
from shelters to makeway for polling stations for the referendum.
Since 1996 the military has been re-writing the constitution, excluding the NLD
and ignoring ethnic interests. Ethnic groups have been calling for a Federal
solution since the Panglong Agreement of 1947 with General Aung San.
The new 2008 Constitution enshrines military domination of the legal and
executive branches of government, places the military above the law,
legalises military coups and prohibits Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from taking
any lead positions.

At the widely attended Speakers Forum a generous donation was given to
the campaign by a shop steward of a major union who spoke at the forum
about the workers striking at Total refineries in the UK.
The French oil company Total’s involvement in Burma funds the military
regime through the Yadana gas pipeline which crosses the Karen state
onshore. This business presence of Total in Burma is complicit with
the human rights abuses and turns a blind eye to the corrupt Junta
slaughtering its citizens who are working for a free and democratic
Burma.

To see all the photos from 2009:- Glastonbury 2009 photos

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