Burma Protests, Gets Shout-out From Jim Carrey

| Wed Aug. 29, 2007 6:47 PM EDT

Big news day for Burma yesterday. First, there were reports that the ruling junta cracked down on protesters objecting to an astronomical hike in gas prices. Then Jim Carrey released a weirdly earnest but genuinely important message on YouTube (below) urging people to stand up for the often-ignored country just to the left of Thailand.

In a brief video, Carrey lists some of the military regime's offenses—mass displacement, wholesale village destruction, systematic rape, child-soldier recruitment—and points out that Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the country's rightfully elected party, is still under house arrest after more than a decade. The spot ends with information about a couple advocacy groups. Perhaps Carrey hopes that with enough international attention, the country will finally catch a resolution.

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