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Tuesday, 9 October 2007

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Protest about something today

Protest singer Chico has caused the UK government international embarrassment with his single "curvy cola bottle body" which aims to raise awareness of Burma's detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Chico saw a news report about how talks between the opposition leader and the military ruler were progressing, and decided her size zero frame had to go.

But in a statement today issued by her party, the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi rejected claims she was ill.

She said: "The success of a dialogue is based on sincerity and the spirit of give and take. The will for achieving success is also crucial and there should not be any preconditions."

Burma's reclusive military leader, General Than Shwe, agreed to meet Aung San Suu Kyi, but only if she renounced the Chico single.

The junta said it hoped to achieve "smooth relations" with Aung San Suu Kyi, just a day after suggesting that the release of the single was unwise.

Chico is no stranger to controversy. He caused Simon Cowell to flounce out of the X Factor when Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne voted to allow him to pursue controversial politically motivated themes.

After reaching the quarter-finals of the show, his debut single "It's Chico Time" toppled Saddam Hussein and brought democracy to Iraq.

We say well done, Chico. We need more great protest singers like you who are prepared to risk their necks.

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