Thousands of ethnic Mon people gathered yesterday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the New Mon State Party at a “Golden Jubilee” celebration held yesterday near Ye Town, southern Mon State. The celebration featured speeches from leaders in the Mon community and party, who vowed to continue the struggle for a federal union and ethnic rights.
At least 4,000 people attended the celebration, with party sources estimating that as many as 10,000 people were present.
“The party will join hands with other ethnic nationalities and the democracy movement in our continued struggle for a genuine federal union,” said party president Nai Htaw Mon in prepared statement presented in the Mon language yesterday morning.
A leader from the Mon National Democratic Front (MNDF) echoed this sentiment in another speech given on the same day. “We should join hands and struggle together. Then, we will archive our goals,” the MNDF leader said. The MNDF is made up of leaders elected to Parliament in the now-annulled 1990 election. Nai Hongsar, NMSP General Secretary, also presented a speech. read all http://www.monnews-imna.com/newsupdate.php?ID=1276