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Statement on the 48th Anniversary of Independence Day
January 4, 1995 is the 48th anniversary auspicious occasion of the
Independence Day in Burma which marks the Burmese liberation from the
Over a hundred year under the British colony, Burmese people have
sacrificed countless lives, sweat and blood for the independence of their
mother-land. Apparently, three generations of Burmese people had to fight
for the inspiration of independence.
As a result of their striving for liberation, Burma became an independent
nation and awarded its own sovereignty. Unfortunately, the civil war was
taken place along together with the independence in Burma. As well as
national union among the nationalities in Burma was broken as a result of
civil war inBurma.
Civil war after the newly-born independence paved the way for some
opportunities to the military dictatorship in Burma. The intensification
of civil war was the reason for the military to extend their military
might and later this become the firm foundation for consolidation of
military dictatorship in Burma. That is the system that have been still
suppressing its own people as the slaves.
It is a true fact that Burma has liberated from the foreign colonization
but unfortunately, it is still under the suppression of the misrule by
its same people. Because of the Slorc's dictatorial oppression against
its own people, there are lack of democracy and human rights.The struggle
to achieve these principles has become the national cause. Burmese people
understand well that without the abolishment of military dictatorship, it
would be impossible to achieve these principles.
Struggle against the military dictatorship in Burma is the historic
responsibility for all citizens of Burma. It can also be recognized as
the second struggle for national liberation.
It is a grieved circumstances for a country like Burma which is
sovereignty nation with high rich natural resources has been designated
as the one of the least developed country in the world for the misrule by
its military dictatorship. All the social, economic and political
situation as well as the dignity of the Burmese people are deteriorating.
The ruling military regime, Slorc is playing a political game with
"cease-fire policy" aiming to disarm the ethnic groups and suppressing
the opposition forces strategically in order to consolidate their
military rule. Genuine internal peace cannot attained by merely doing
cease-fire agreement. It can be reached until and unless the political
dilemmas are solved with sincerity and openness. At the same time, the
will of Burmese people to establish the civilian government will be still
far away as long as the military domination theory is alive. The Slorc is
ignoring the result of 1990 election and is forcibly organising the
so-called "National Convention" to consolidate their military power in
the future politics. "National Convention" merely organized by Slorc is
lack of genuine goodwill and lack of nobility. In addition, it dose not
symbolize as the national representation. We, the ABSDF strongly believes
that "National Convention" could not achieve to emerge the genuine
national unity and solidarity in Burma.
Genuine national solidarity can be dignified when democracy and human
rights are prevail and the full ethnic rights are honoured.
The ABSDF will forge ahead to oppose the on-going sham "National
Convention". This is a crucial time for the people of Burma to oppose the
sham "National Convention" which is aiming for Slorc's power consolidation.
People of Burma must understand their plight as the military slavery
under the Slorc regime though Burma has gained independence from the
We, the ABSDF strongly urges the people of Burma, with consistent unity
in the struggle for democracy in Burma, to fight against the military
dictatorship in order to achieve the genuine liberation and independence.
ABSDF (Dawn Gwin)
January 1 , 1996.