Die Hard’ spirit of 7-July; Burmese activists vow to march ahead

by Mungpi
Tuesday, 07 July 2009 21:45

New delhi (mizzima) – Burmese activists and Indian supporters on Tuesday reiterated their call to the Indian government to stop supporting Burma’s military regime and instead support the movement for democracy in the country.

Marching along Parliament Street in New Delhi, India’s capital, scores of Burmese and Indian activists held protest rallies on Tuesday marking the 47th anniversary of 7-July, on which day in 1962 Burma’s military rulers’ cracked down on student protesters in Rangoon University.

Protesters said, with the world witnessing the latest injustice by the Burmese regime – the trumped-up charge and trial of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi – India and China should stop adhering to their soft stand on the regime but join the global outcry and pressurize the junta.

While with the spirit of ‘7-July’, Burmese students will continue the fight for human rights and democracy in Burma, it is crucial for the international community, particularly neighbouring countries, to keep up their support in order to usher in changes in Burma, the protestors said.

The protesters, many of them former students in Burma, who fled the junta’s brutal crackdown, urged India to be a responsible neighbour and called on Russia and China to refrain from exercising their veto power to block a Security Council resolution against the regime. Continue reading “Die Hard’ spirit of 7-July; Burmese activists vow to march ahead”

khitpyaingnews on 7.July Studentuprising


ဇူလိုင္ (၇) ရက္ ေက်ာင္းသားအေရးေတာ္ပုံေန႔ က်င္းပ
စစ္အာဏာရွင္စနစ္တည္ရွိသေရြ႕ ေက်ာင္းသားစိတ္ဓာတ္ မည္သည့္အခါမွ ကြယ္ေပ်ာက္သြားမည္မဟုတ္ေၾကာင္း ယေန႔ က်ေရာက္သည့္ (၄၇) ႏွစ္ေျမာက္ ဇူလိုင္ (၇) ရက္ ေက်ာင္းသားအေရးေတာ္ပံုေန႔တြင္ ဗမာႏိုင္ငံလံုးဆိုင္ရာ ေက်ာင္းသားသမဂၢ မ်ားအဖြဲ႔ခ်ဳပ္က ေျပာၾကားသည္။

ထိုင္း-ျမန္မာနယ္စပ္တြင္ ယေန႔က်င္းပသည့္ (၄၇) ႏွစ္ေျမာက္ ဆဲဗင္းဂ်ဴလိုင္ အခမ္းအနားတြင္ ဗမာႏိုင္ငံလံုးဆိုင္ရာ ေက်ာင္းသားသမဂၢမ်ားအဖြဲ႔ခ်ဳပ္ (ႏိုင္ငံျခားေရးရာေကာ္မတီ) မွ တာဝန္ခံ ကိုမင္းႏိုင္က စစ္အာဏာရွင္စနစ္ႏွင့္ တဆက္တည္း ေပၚေပါက္လာသည့္ ေက်ာင္းသားလႈပ္ရွားမႈကို ရည္စူးေျပာၾကားျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။ continue

(Interview with former student leader)-Absence of unions has been a bane for students

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Absence of students’ unions in Burma, which can operate freely, have led to many sacrifices by students with no guarantee of education, a former student leader of the 7th July student movement said.

The student leader recalled the 7th July 1962 student movement which protested against lack of students’ rights, democratic rights and the military dictatorship in Rangoon University.

The Revolutionary Council led by former dictator Gen. Ne Win grabbed power in a coup from a democratically elected civilian government on March 2, 1962. The students staged peaceful protests against this coup d’etat. The regime quelled the student demonstration brutally by opening fire on peaceful and unarmed students. This student demonstration and massacre was later dubbed the 7th July incident.

On this ill-fated day, hundreds of students were killed and the junta dynamited the student union building situated in Rangoon University campus the next day, July 8 1962.

Though it has been 47 years now, successive Burmese governments still ignore the rightful demands of students and have suppressed student movements brutally till today.

Mizzima reporter Phanida interviewed a former student leader (who wished not to be named on security grounds) on the background of the 7th July student movement, students’ rights and current Burmese politics. The interview is presented here.

Q: Students have sacrificed their lives for democratic rights and an end to military dictatorships in all ages. Why do you think they have not yet achieved their goal?

A: There are two parts to this question, pre-1962 and post-1962. Our democratic struggle took too much time. It took the whole of post-independence period. We must introspect on it. This is very important for all of us. Naturally the sacrifices and losses are inevitable. But Burma experienced two historical ages in its 60-year long post-independence period. This is the significant point of Burma’s history. Another significant point is the complexity of ideology in our movement; the right, left and centrist lines. The last point is there were many separations in our movement. Continue reading “(Interview with former student leader)-Absence of unions has been a bane for students”