Zarganar was released on 12 October 2011. Since his release he has thanked
all of those who campaigned for his release and asked them to keep pressing
for the release of all other political prisoners in Burma.
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Burma's most famous comedian, Zarganar is currently serving a 35-year prison sentence, after criticising the Burmese government's handling of Cyclone Nargis in 2008. The cyclone devastated the country - more than 140,000 people died and millions were made homeless. Zarganar organised relief for many villages which had received no official help. He was convicted of "public order offences".
You can help Zarganar by letting the Burmese ruling Generals know people are concerned about him. Get the campaign's free, pre-printed postcards from Equity (the UK trade union for performers) and send them to the Burmese Government. Artists and non-artists around the world are joining in the postcard campaign - get yours now from Equity. Ask for a bundle so your family and friends can join in too. For more information have a look at the featuring UK comedian Andy Parsons talking about the campaign
Pictured above in 2007 with daughter Ngo Oo Mon, wife Lwin Mar Oo and son Myat Kaung, this is the last photo taken of Burma's most popular comedian with his family.