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Ethnic Mon in America Welcome Suu Kyi’s Visit With Words of Advice

Kaowao
Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The National League for Democracy Party (NLD), the party of Burma pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, has been silent on ethnic issues, including the call for a second Panglong Conference, since the party’s leaders joined Burma’s Parliament earlier this year, stated at an open letter from the Mon American Association in Fort Wayne, Indiana in The United States.

National League for Democracy chairwoman Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at Queens College in New York on Sunday. (Photo: Reuters)

Ethnic Mon has about 1,800 people, which is well represented with large group numbers in Fort Wayne, where many Burmese immigrants gathered today to welcome Suu Kyi’s visit to the American city. Fort Wayne’s local Mon community sent a welcoming open letter to Suu Kyi, stating, “Fort Wayne is not only home to the largest Burmese refugee community in America, but home to the largest Mon community as well.

“We are honored to have you visit and are also very pleased to have this opportunity to show our admiration for your courage in standing up against Burmese dictators for almost two decades for the sake of the people of Burma.”

Fort Wayne is the second stop on Suu Kyi’s tour through America to house a large population of Burmese immigrants. On Sunday she was in New York where she met members of the local Burmese community and gave a speech to an audience of hundreds at Queen College.

 Banya Htaw Weang, an ethnic Mon in Fort Wayne told Kaowao, “As a civilian of Burma under the military nominated parliament, of course I have hope on her, but the hope I have is that I am concerned about progress also benefitting all of our ethnic nationalities brothers and sisters.”

After two decades of democratic struggles, an open letter from the Mon community said that “we finally see some political changes in Burma. We hope the positive changes will continue.”

However, the letter continued, “We regret to learn that you urge to end the US sanctions against Burma. We believe the sanctions should be in place as long as human rights abuses and ethnic repression continue.”


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