You can probably see that the artist is Shepard Fairey of the Obama “HOPE” poster fame. It refers to the struggle against a military regime for the freedom for political change and freedom from imprisonment of many of the would-be elected political leaders including Aung San Suu Kyi (a Nobel Peace laureate). Though multiparty elections were held in 1990, the military regime ignored how Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy, won with an overwhelming majority. The military has been in control since 1962.
I suppose this is the ‘good propaganda’ poster… if one can call it that. Fairey’s work is always beautiful and politically and socially charged and has entered into the canon of pop culture and internet memes.
The Friday Times, May 28-June 4, 2010
Who knew a social networking could cause so much trouble. Below is a chronicle of how events unfolded in the last two weeks.
It all started in April, when Molly Norris from Seattle, suggested that May 20 be “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” and drew a cartoon for this purpose. According to her apology last week, this was a satirical suggestion made in response to the threats received by producers of the show “South Park” when they offensively depicted of the Prophet (PBUH) on the show. Her idea was to “water down the pool of targets” by having people draw their own images. She even posted a link to the “Against Everybody Draw Muhammad Day” Facebook page on her webpage.
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