Aung San Suu Ky given top billing at U2 spectacular

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One of the U2 social campaigns received a major boost last night when imprisoned Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was named Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience.

U2, who have used their world tour to spotlight calls for her release, formally made the announcement at the last of their three-night run at Croke Park.

This month marks the 20th anniversary of Suu Kyi's arrest.

Irene Khan, Amnesty International's secretary general, said the imprisoned opposition leader was an inspiration to the world.

"In those long and often dark years Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has remained a symbol of hope, courage and the undying defence of human rights, not only to the people of Myanmar but to people around the world," she said.

Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace prize winner, leads the National League for Democracy and has been detained for over 13 of the past 20 years, mostly under house arrest.

Her detention order was set to expire in May but she was arrested again after an American man swam to her lakeside home and stayed for two days. Her trial for violating the terms and conditions of her house arrest are entering the closing stages and if convicted she could face up to five years in jail.

U2, who have been asking fans to wear Suu Kyi masks in support of the 64-year-old during the tour, last night dedicated to her their 2000 single, 'Walk On'.

Meanwhile, Croke Park residents are set to stage protests today about the ongoing disruption to their lives as U2 workers pack up the 'Claw'.

The move will cause some concern for the GAA, which announced yesterday that the mouth-watering All-Ireland quarter finals between Donegal and Cork, and Tyrone and Kildare will take place on Sunday, while the Dublin and Kerry game will take place on Monday.

That gives the organisation just days to lay a new pitch before another 80,000 fans stream through the gates in a multi-million euro payday for the GAA.

For the pitch to be ready in time, workers will have to de-rig the massive stage and all of U2's extensive equipment through the night.

© 2009 belfasttelegraph.co.uk

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