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Boycott German Lufthansa
Stop flying with German Lufthansa immediately
" Business as usual " seems to be a phrase of miracles, which is
used by the German business circle nowadays. To make themselves more
clear conscience and feel justified, they supplement the phrase to " Wandel
durch Handel ", which means to accomplish a change through business.
Out of all conscience, they hope that political changes in Burma could be
brought about through doing business with the Burmese military dictators.
Certainly, doing business in Burma would bring up the military elites from
dictator to multimillionaire, while over 99% of the country's population
suffering from severe poverty, epidemic and unhappiness. The children are
compelled to slaved labour, the girls and young women are forced to
and the men are conscripted to forced labour in civil-war zones. The
sick and aged persons have to pay fine to the military for being unable to
"contribute" work for them.
The recent fortnight seemed to be German weeks ( Deutsche Wochen ) in
Rangoon, in which German-Myanmar Technology Exhibition '97 and German-
Myanmar Technology conference are commencing in full swing. These
performances are organised and implemented by the Munich International
Trade Fairs Ltd. of Germany (Messe Muenchen), against which the Burmese
community and the German colleagues have strongly protested. The managing
director of the Messe Muenchen Reinhold Unterburger spoke words of
greetings (greeds!) and boosted that 29 companies are participating in the
Rangoon exhibition. As the chairsoldier of the Myanmar Industrial
Committee (MIDC) dictator-general Myint Aung was opening the ceremony in
Rangoon, the Burmese expatriates together with their German friends such as
Society for Threatened People, amnesty international, etc. were protesting
against the Messe Muenchen in front of its headquarters in Munich. The
news media took great interest and attention to the protest. The Burma
has provided the news media with comprehensive press releases.
While German Foreign Minister Dr. Klaus Kinkel in Bonn was strongly
upon rude and undemocratic behaviors of the military rulers SLORC towards
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her NLD, German Ambassador Dr. Wolfgang Wiesner
in Rangoon might have been quite busy in organising meetings and
for the Lufthansa delegation and Fritz Werner armament factory with the top
of the SLORC such as Generals Khin Nyunt, Thein Win, Chit Swe, Abel, Min
etc. , etc. Astonishingly, the signing ceremony of the MoU between
the SLORC was attended and witnessed by the German Ambassador, Managing
Director of the LSG Dieter Hemmer and General Khin Nyunt among others.Under
the agreement, Lufthansa will set up a 3-million dollar factory within one
launch aircraft catering services for international airlines.
We, therefore, call upon our Burmese community and friends worldwide to
flying with the German Lufthansa immediately and to cancel all your
flights with this airline.
We also call on our Free Burma Coalition spiders for aid to push and
the selective purchasing measures on the German Lufthansa as soon as
When spiders unite, they can tie down the German hansa.
Burma Bureau Germany
Nov. 02, 1997