U2 Can Get You Arrested in Burma

If you’re travelling in Southeast Asia and you somehow wander into the country of Myanmar—the place the rest of the world still calls Burma—and the customs guys discover you have a copy of U2’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind, you could end up being sent to prison for twenty years.  

How is THAT possible?  It’s all because of the song “Walk On,” the track on the album dedicated to Burmese pro-democracy human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi.  

She has been a thorn in the side of the thugs running Myanmar for decades during which time she’s suffered in prison and house arrest.  If you saw any shows on the 360 Tour, you’ll remember the portion of the show U2 dedicated to her.  

The government is so worried about her influence that anyone found in possession of any pro Suu Kyi materials faces arrest and imprisonment for up to twenty years.  Here’s what Bono says: “It’s an honor to have the album banned by such miserable men.

 People will sing Aung San Suu Kyi’s praises long after her oppressors have been forgotten.”

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “U2 Can Get You Arrested in Burma

  • October 21, 2011 at 1:36 am

    unbelievable (and yet, totally believable). i applaud her for having the courage of her convictions for so long under such scrutiny and oppression, and i applaud U2 for shining a spotlight on her struggles.

  • October 21, 2011 at 3:27 am

    Oh…That's too fuck up for tourist having copy material of U2_All That UYou Can'y Leave Behind Plus any material of Aung San Suu Kyi. It's ruin the great times at Myanmar or Burma.
    What the fuck up country…! Cheers


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