Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi spent her 64th birthday locked in prison Friday as global campaigns demanding her freedom erupted across Twitter, Facebook and other Web sites and at rallies worldwide.
Hollywood stars like Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, celebrities Madonna and David Beckham, Nobel laureates and world leaders joined voices to call for the military government to release Suu Kyi, who has now spent 14 birthdays in detention.
Many posted online messages on social networking sites and videos on YouTube in what human rights groups called an unprecedented and enormously powerful tool to harness support for Suu Kyi and highlight her struggle.
Suu Kyi planned to mark the day by sharing food with her prison guards.
“Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will celebrate her birthday by treating the people around her to rice and chocolate cake,” said lawyer Nyan Win, who planned to bring her the food and birthday cards Friday. He said lawyers have informed her of the worldwide campaign. “Daw” is a term of respect in Myanmar. Read more. Thanks Gabriella.