How many fingers does it take to avoid being sent to a Myanmar gulag? Four, according to a painting that is currently on display at the Asia House in London. "Six Fingers" is the title of this painting that is among the 300 paintings that Mr. Htein Lin, a political prisoner sentenced to seven years in a Myanmar prison, had smuggled out.
The painting describes what poor prisoners had to do to escape hard labor and inhuman conditions in one of the forced labor camps of Myanmar have a serious "accident", for example, ask a fellow prisoner to cut off four fingers.
Mr. Htein Lin was sent to the prison because he was an unwavering supporter of the Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, a nonviolent pro-democracy activist and a prisoner of conscience in Myanmar. Asked about the reasons for his prison sentence, Htein Lin had said,
The main problem when I was arrested was that I answered their questions. I said, Aung San Suu Kyi loves the country like you.
Htein Lin was sent to prison because he had knowingly perjured himself! To assert that the Myanmar Government loved their country as Aung San Suu Kyi loved hers is a travesty of truth beyond imagination.