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The things you find on ebay - Burmese junta members

And here, for the moment at least, it is:


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Than Shwe has been listed by a group of Danish art terrorists at Ebay.com in the following category: Home & Garden > Gardening & Plants > Other Gardening & Plants. Yes, really.

And the item description:

"General for sale
We know that former generals can be cumbersome to handle.
They are often very overweight after many years in power, and they always wear military outfits.
That is certainly the case with Than Shwe, whom we are offering for sale to the highest bidder.
He is soon a man of the past in Burma, where everyone wants him to get a good home far away from us, with nice and kind employers. As a worker, Than Shwe is rather heavy going – he is fat and lazy. So his new owners should start with a hard disciplining programme. No luxurious food and champagne for Than Shwe for many years, but plenty of hard work and a simple bed. Gardening, weeding and gathering leaves would suit him well. Not work requiring independent thought – remember that as a head of state, he ran a whole country down! Washing up would also be good for Than Shwe – but be prepared for plate throwing if he hears the word ”monk”!
Due to his hot and unpredictable temper, we recommend that the new owner chains him after the end of the working day.

With best wishes
The people of Burma

Despite the auction being for a fixed $1m, it has been bid up to over $2m already.

Thanks are owed to Libération, which is running this story, and for naming the pranksters as artist Jan Egesborg and journalist Pia Bertelsen. Previously, "[they] went beyond its usual medium by placing an advertisement in a small Tehran newspaper with an insulting but hidden message describing the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with the acronym "SWINE".



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Anonymous Linda "Jacqui" Smith said... 4:44 pm

Gordon Braun has told the naughty Myanmar generals to stop it. So there's an end to it.  



Blogger CityUnslicker said... 9:50 pm

what a find!  



Blogger hatfield girl said... 8:52 am

Who else might be put up for sale?  



Blogger Mild Colonial Boy, Esq. said... 1:19 am

I don't know much about art - but I know what I like.  



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