It is a birthday cake that will not be cut with joy.
This is an annual ritual for the supporters of detained leader Aung San Suu Chi who has turned sixty four. In a demonstration in front of the Myanmar Embassy in Manila they are demanding her immediate release while denouncing her ongoing trial. Soo Chi faces up to five years in jail if she is found guilty for breaking the terms of her long standing house arrest. Campaigners are seeking an end to decades of military rule that has left their country an impoverished international pariah. The British government has reacted by condemning the charges against Soo Chi adding the European Union would consider further sanctions against the junta after the trial ended. World celebreties have spoken out Paul McCartney called Soo Chi, an inspiration to her country and the rest of the world.