Mon Youth Commit to Continuing Revolutionary Struggle
‘We will continue our struggle until we achieve ethnic rights and freedom of our people,’ an organizer of the Mon Revolution Day anniversary said.
By NETWORK MEDIA GROUP (NMG)
Friday, August 16, 2019
The new generation of Mon youth have a responsibility to work for the freedom of the ethnic Mon people, say young people organizing the commemoration of Mon Revolution Day on Friday.
The day marks the 72nd anniversary of the day, which is held on the full moon day of the month of Wah Khaung at the Win Sein Tawya monastery in Mudon Township. Mon revolutionary leaders are entombed at the location, and youth pay respect to them and their struggle.
“Our people are struggling for a revolution because our ethnic people don’t have freedom; our ethnic people are oppressed. That’s why our people took part in a revolution,” Min Zarni Oo, a leader of the organizing committee, told NMG. “We have a responsibility. We will continue our struggle until we achieve ethnic rights and the freedom of our people.”
“Why our people are struggling for revolution is that our ethnic people don’t have freedom, and our ethnic people are oppressed. That’s why our people took part in the revolution. We have a responsibility. We will continue our struggle until we achieve ethnic rights and freedom of our people,” Min Zarni Oo, who is a leader of organizing committee, said to NMG.
Those commemorating the occasion said that the Mon demanded the right to self-determination since Burma became independent from the British in 1948, and continue to work to realize this today. Mon youth raided a police station in Zarthapyin village in eastern Mawlamyine, as well as in other large villages along Jai River on the full moon day of Wah Khaung in 1948. Mon people now mark the day as the start of their revolution.
“Our leaders sacrificed their lives for the freedom of our people. Now it’s time for us to take part in the movement. The freedom of our people very much depends on us. We have responsibility for it,” Min Chan Rok, who attended the anniversary, told NMG.
“We pay respect to the spirit of revolution and keep trying to achieve our goal,” Min Zarni Oo said.
Thousands of Mon youth attended ceremony of the 72nd anniversary, while the New Mon State Party held its own commemoration at their camps in Mawlamyine, Thaton, and in Dawei (Tavoy) districts, as well as in other townships.