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CUPE’s Hospital Employees’ Union has called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to pressure Canadian companies to cease doing business in Burma and provides a list of those companies that are “enriching the military regime”.

The PM should also demand that the acts of violence being perpetrated in Burma against democracy movement protesters cease, says the HEU in a letter dated Oct. 9, 2007.

“The Burmese junta has use tear gas, batons, and firing directly into peaceful protests” in its “campaign of torture”, the letter said. “These actions are deplorable.”

The letter, signed by HEU president Fred Muzin, also demands that Harper call for the immediately release of all political prisoners, including democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Muzin is also CUPE’s national executive board member on the national global justice committee.