by Shah Paung, The Irrawaddy, 2 Nov 2007

Panty PowerThe “Panties for Peace” campaign, aimed at embarrassing the Burmese regime, has spawned an online flash game. Players are challenged to bombard an image of junta leader Than Shwe with missiles in the shape of women’s underwear, scoring points for direct hits.

A bouncing Than Shwe disappears with each successful hit. “Brutal Burmese dictators believe contact with women’s underwear will sap their powers. Hope they’re right? READY…AIM…VOTE!” online players are told.

The game was inspired by an international “Panties for Peace” campaign encouraging critics of the regime to bombard embassies with packages containing women’s underwear. It was created by a San Francisco-based flash game group, Mochi Media, Inc.

The game’s Web site declares: “In support of a recently launched global campaign calling on people to ‘fling’ women’s panties at Burmese embassies around the world, we crafted a ‘voting game’ where everyone can express their opinion.”

Ying Tzarm, a co-founder of Lanna Action for Burma, one of the organizers of the “Panties for Peace” campaign, said of the online game: “It’s great. Everyone can play it.”

Aung Moe Win, a Burmese living in the US, is among the enthusiastic players. “This is the first game featuring a Burmese general,” he said.