All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF)’s northern bureau on Friday commemorates 26th anniversary of 1988’s student-led uprising, also known as 8888 or 88th uprising, at its headquarters Janghtung Lahkum Bum located near Laiza.
Yebaw La Seng, commander of ABSDF’s northern bureau, said in a welcoming message that 88th uprising is a historic event that changed the course of Burma’s history. People of all backgrounds joined pro-democracy rallies throughout Burma during the uprising. “We still haven’t reached our goals, we need to keep working towards our goals”, added La Seng.
On behalf of Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), Col. Maran Zau Tawng said in a message that as ABSDF was born out of 88th uprising and from ordinary public, student warriors have fought bravely alongside ethnic armed groups in battles against Tatmadaw. He also said, “We should never forget 88th spirit to continue the struggles.”
In a statement read out by Yebaw Aung Swe Oo, ABSDF’s Chairman Than Ge said many lives have been lost over the years. “Their service and sacrifices will not be forgotten, the struggles will continue,” said Than Ge. Thousands of innocent civilians and students were killed by government soldiers during 88th uprising.
Arakan Army also sent a letter to ABSDF troops promising that it will continue to fight alongside ABSDF to achieve equal rights and a democratic federal union in Burma.
ABSDF was founded on Nov 1, 1988 by students who fled to border areas after the 88th uprising in Burma. Its objectives are to liberate the peoples of Burma from military dictatorship, to achieve democracy and human rights, to attain internal peace, and to build a federal union in Burma. CR. KNL NEWS
The Ministry of Immigration and Manpower has ordered naturalised American citizen Moe Thee Zun to leave Myanmar by May 25.
The ministry advises him to apply for Myanmar citizenship in Thailand before re-entering the country.
Moe Thee Zun has been living in Myanmar since last August. He has also been paying a fine of US$3 per day for his expired visa.
At the invitation of the president office minister SoeThein, he arrived from the United States on September 1, 2012. He stayed for 45 days.
Subsequently, he returned for his second visit last year.
“I can live in this country. I am not breaking the law since I am paying the visa fine. Now I have been ordered to leave the country,” said Moe Thee Zun.
He said he would on Sunday depart for Thailand in order to apply for his Myanmar citizenship.
He has threatened to carry out political activities abroad if he is not permitted to enter Myanmar.
Before becoming naturalised American, he was the secretary general of All Burma Students Federation Union during the 1988 uprising. His past positions included the founder of Democratic Party for New Society, the chairperson of All Burma Students Defence Front (South). During his student leadership, the Parjau massacre of students from ABSDF (North) happened in 1992.
Former members of All Burma Students’ Democratic Force (ABSDF), who went through horrible ordeal at the hands of the student army more than two decades ago, and the investigation commission formed by ABSDF Central met for the first time in Yangon on Wednesday morning.
Four members of the investigation commission and nine survivors who arrived from northern Myanmar attended the meeting and discussed for four hours. The commission told Eleven Media that no announcement would be released about the meeting.??
— BTW ABSDF NORTH GET NO TRAVEL PERMIT TO ATTEND THIS MEETING –
IN THIS VIDEO HE SAYS HE HAS DOCUMENTS, SO THAN SHOW US!!!
On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 2:54 PM, —————– wrote: Dear —————-,
I’m sorry to say but I learned today from NDD that they will not give permission to access the ABSDF archives (for this particular ABSDF archive which is listed as a NDD collection permission from both NDD and ABSDF is needed) I’m still waiting for a formal reply from ABSDF, but since you need permission from both, one negative answer is enough to deny you permission to the documents.
Eef Vermeij Regional Representative for Southeast Asia.
“The commission came to uncover the truth. There was a plan to release an announcement in May, but it wasn’t release due to many reasons. We need to keep in touch with those who have come back. Only then, we’ll be able to get some information. After getting the information, we’ll clearly know how we can cooperate,” said Ye Linn, one of the survivors who attended the meeting.
In 1991, ABSDF’s northern army tortured over 100 students over suspicions of working for the military intelligence in Parchaung region of Kachin State. Over 20 people have died due to inhumane tortures and their intentions to let them die. The army massacred 15 students on February 12, 1992.
The ABSDF incident in northern Myanmar gained public interest after its survivors started writing about it on Facebook and later published a book.
The ABSDF Central formed an investigation committee in January to investigate the truth.
Tin Tin Ma, mother of Tun Aung Kyaw and San San Aye, daughter of U Sein filed a lawsuit but the case was closed due to lack of strong evidence.
NOW BURMA GOVERMENT KNOW THAT ARMY USED JETFIGHTERS AGAINST KACHIN -ABSDF NB- BEIJING: China has made a diplomatic complaint to Myanmar after three bombs landed on its territory during air attacks on ethnic minority rebels in Kachin state, just over their shared border, Beijing said Friday.
“The Chinese side has launched representations with the Myanmar side requiring them to take effective and immediate measures to avoid the repetition of similar incidents,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.
The bombs landed just inside China on Sunday evening and caused no casualties, she told reporters at a regular media briefing.
Fighting between the Myanmar military and the Kachin Independence Army in the far north of the country, which is also known as Burma, has worsened in recent days as government forces battled to regain one of their bases.
Tens of thousands of people have been displaced in Kachin state since June 2011, when a 17-year ceasefire between the government and the Kachin Independence Army, the armed wing of the Kachin Independence Organisation, broke down.
Hua refused to be drawn on whether China would mediate between the two sides in an effort to end a conflict which has overshadowed wider political reforms in the country.
“The issue concerning northern Myanmar is Myanmar’s internal affair and we hope that the Myanmar government can appropriately deal with the issue through peaceful negotiation,” the spokeswoman said
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