First Permitted Commemoration of International Peace Day Marks in Moulmein


First Permitted Commemoration of International Peace Day Marks in Moulmein

Friday, September 21, 2012

A group of around fifty ethnic Mon, which included politicians and activist youth, hosted a peace event during International Peace Day, intending to raise peace building awareness within the Mon people in Mon State, according to the organizer.

The International Peace Day hosted in Moulmien, capital of Mon State on September 21. (Photo:Kyi Zaw Lwin/Facebook).

Nai Ji Joon, an ethnic Mon university student in Moulmein and an organizer of the event, said, “We want more of our youth to participate in peace building activities. Therefore, we hosted this event.”
He continued by saying that there were three main peace building points to the event: peace and the youth, peace and the elder politicians, and peace and the MPs.

Political leaders from the All Mon Regions Democracy Party and Mon Democracy Party and the New Mon State Party also attended the peace event, according to Mon sources.

The International Peace Day hosted in Moulmien, capital of Mon State on September 21. (Photo:Kyi Zaw Lwin/Facebook).

This is the first time the Burmese government has allowed the people to host such an event on International Peace Day since Ne Win’s original military coup and subsequent dictatorship in 1962.
Other peace events were hosted throughout the country.  Rangoon had the largest event wherein hundreds of people wearing blue colored shirts walked through the streets of the city and wrote messages to stop the fighting in Kachin State.

The Burmese authority in Rangoon banned over a hundred people from travelling to Naypyidaw, the capital of Burma, and protesting against the continued violence in Kachin State between the government army and ethnic Kachin rebel army. These activists had planned to travel to the capital city by bus from Rangoon earlier this morning.

Some critics called upon the government to allow the people to travel and protest because the government has acknowledged that such activists as well as the government itself are working for peace and democratic political change.

“We also talked about the fighting in Kachin State at our event. We found that the government is acting against itself and its intentions. On the one hand, they say they are working for peace, but on the other hand they are fighting in Kachin State.

“We all must work together in order to stop the fighting in Kachin State” said Nai Ji Joon.

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COMMENTS : That is activity not strategy, but to get strategy youth have to do activity. Youth should cooperate with youth. This is the era of youth to lead everything. If all party do not use youth force it will be regretted one day. Especially, Mon youth have to work more and more, such as outside and inside. Train to youth everything. Do it with one idea, one action, one skill, one day and at a time, youth will will will will be------. There is no better time than now. Start from now until you all write the history of liberty. good luck all youths
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