COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Burmese tobacco protest

Fifty Ken Clarkes joined U Uttare, an exiled Buddhist monk from Burma, to demonstrate outside the London headquarters of British American Tobacco last week. BAT is the biggest UK investor in Burma, following Premier Oil's decision to pull out of the country over human rights violations by the military regime. Protestors carried placards quoting from a letter written by Ken Clarke MP, former Chancellor and BAT's deputy chairman, to a constituent, in which he criticised companies that collaborate with the regime, and admitted that he was "uncomfortable about investing in Burma". The protest was organised by the Burma Campaign UK, and supported by Unison and Christian Solidarity Campaign.

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