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Rachel Goldwyn to speak at LSE

Campaigner Rachel Goldwyn will make her first public speech since her release from jail in Burma at LSE next week, Tuesday 29 February.

Rachel Goldwyn graduated with a BSc Geography degree from LSE in 1994.

She was voted LSE Student Union Honorary President for 1999-2000 following her protest in Burma last year when she sang a pro-democracy song in public. Initially sentenced to seven years in jail, she was released after two months.

On Tuesday 29 February, Rachel will be speaking about her experiences in Burma, the reasons why she went ahead with the protest, and the consequences of her action.

Jonathan Black, General Secretary of the LSE Students' Union, said: "LSE's 6,500 students vote for an Honorary President every year. Rachel's action sparked international attention and students felt she was a suitable figurehead. It is great that she has chosen LSE for her first major public appearance since her release."

The lecture will be in the Hong Kong Theatre at 6.30pm. The event will be open to students, staff and the public - but entry by ticket only. Tickets are free and can be picked up from LSE Student Union Reception or reserved by calling 020 7955 7158 between 10am and 5pm. Entry will be on a first come, first served basis until the theatre is full.

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For more details contact Jonathan Black, LSE SU General Secretary, on T: 020 7955 7147.
Judith Higgin, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7582.

Note to Editors:

Media wishing to attend this lecture must contact LSE Press Office to reserve a ticket by Monday 28 February. Demand will be high for seats so please do not turn up on the night as it may not be possible to admit you.

Camera crews: Again, please contact the Press Office on T: 020 7955 7582.

Your assistance in setting up at least 30 minutes before the lecture would be appreciated.

22 February 2000

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