Protesters call to tobacco giant over Burma links

More than 50 Ken Clarkes will descend on London today as protesters wearing face masks of the British American Tobacco deputy chairman call for the company to close the factory it jointly owns with Burma’s military dictatorship.

More than 50 Ken Clarkes will descend on London today as protesters wearing face masks of the British American Tobacco deputy chairman call for the company to close the factory it jointly owns with Burma’s military dictatorship.

The demonstration, at BAT’s London headquarters, will criticise firms ”collaborating” with the regime in Burma.

Protesters will carry placards shaped as speech bubbles quoting a letter from Ken Clarke to a constituent in which he admits feeling uncomfortable about investment in the country.

John Jackson, director of Burma Campaign UK which is organising the protest, said: “We are not going to let Ken Clarke off the hook.

“BAT are collaborating with military dictatorship. They are funding a regime that rapes, murders and tortures its own people.”

The campaign against BAT was launched in November 2002.

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