June 30, 2017

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Norway to name new public park after Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

A man prepares to grow trees at the site where a new park to be named after Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will be constructed. Photo: Ko Nyo (Oslo)
A man prepares to grow trees at the site where a new park to be named after Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will be constructed. Photo: Ko Nyo (Oslo)

A NEW park set to be established in Froland, a municipality in Norway, on 19 June will be named after Nobel Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar, according to sources in Norway.
The new park will be named after Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in honour of her strenuous efforts and commitment to leading democracy building in Myanmar, said Torgeir Overland, the in-charge of International Caffe-Froland, the organising committee working to establish the park.
The naming of the park is also aimed at keeping the name of a person whom Norwegian people value sustainable, added the in-charge of the team.
According to sources, a parcel of land in Froland was chosen as the site of the new park following a meeting by the administrative council of Froland on 16 April, and a statue of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is set to be unveiled in conjunction with the planting of an oak tree, which can live for more than 1,000 years. Other trees, including cherry trees, will be planted on Suu Kyi’s birthday, which falls on 19 June.
Arnfinn Landsverk, a Norwegian activist Myanmar’s democratisation, of an oak will be planted every year on her birthday, adding that growing of an oak tree represents durability, strength and endurance and is seen as a symbol of Suu Kyi’s strong determination, strength and bravery.
A bus-stop near the new park in the centre of Froland will also be named after Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, sources said.
Chin, Kayin, Kachin and Bamar people living in Froland and the surrounding municipalities are also set to take part in the establishment of the park by forming a committee, said Salai Jon Mann, an activist working on the establishment of the park.
The park’s opening is scheduled to be held on Suu Kyi’s 71st birthday with performances of ethnic traditional songs and dances, he added.
Myanmar activists in Froland organised a tree-planting ceremony in 2003 while calling for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest.—Ko Nyo (Oslo)

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