| MON REVOLUTION
AND MY PERSPECTIVE : NAI HONGSAWATOI
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On 56th anniversary of Mon Resistance Day
Mon Revolution and My Perspective
(By Nai Hongsawatoi)
According to our Lunar Calendar, the Mon Revolutionary Day
will fall on 12th August 2003. It is necessary for all Mons
to pause and reflect upon the Mon Revolutionary Movement.
The Mon Revolutionary journey has been a long and sometimes
tragic ride. Many individual people and organizations emerged
to be replaced by people with new strength and ideas to carry
the Revolution Flag forward to free our people of oppression.
This is the natural law of any revolution. The older generation
must pass the revolution flag to the new generation. It is
the obligation of every Mon to participate in some way so
that we can reach our destination and goal: Freedom. So, I
would like to bow my head to all those who have sacrificed
their lives in the fight to uphold the ideals enshrined in
our Revolutionary Flag.
When the revolution drags on it is understandable to see
some who want to run or escape from the revolution due to
many reasons. We also have to expect to see some opportunists
among the people. We can see these persons in many different
guises and under many camouflages. We must overcome these
people otherwise they may undermine the party and destroy
the revolution. These people are:
(1) Those who wrongly proclaim themselves as peacemakers
because they loudly shout for negotiation with the enemy and
pretend to be persons who love peace more than anybody else.
(2) Some appear as warriors only when they are given enough
weapons to hide behind, otherwise they say nothing about the
Revolution. Their revolution is absolutely depended upon violence
and a killing machine. They don't realize that the real weapon
for a Revolution is a true ideology or a true spirit shared
by all Mon people that represents or reflects our true desires
or the will of our people.
(3) Some will go the opposite direction of their own people.
When the whole people walk to the east they will walk to the
west and when the whole people stand up they will sit down.
When the whole people wake up they will sleep. They will never
respect the will of their own people. When the whole people
of the country get up and revolt against the oppressive dictator,
these people will approach the regime for negotiation and
make friends and shake hands with the oppressor. When the
people of the whole country cry and appeal for peace they
will shout for a battle and blindly refuse to hear the word
(4) Some will always appreciate and praise the strength of
the enemy in terms of arms and ammunition and soldiers, they
will never try to see their own strength within the party.
They complain about the weakness of the party and applaud
the strong points of the enemy. They always compare their
own members to the strength of the enemy rather than to encourage
their own soldiers through true revolutionary spirit. They
will never trust the power of the people.
Arms and ammunition are not the decisive winning factors
in a revolution; the revolutionists should see these things
(weapons) as only a tool to protect their people. Even though
a party has so many soldiers and weapons it cannot exercise
its rights of freedom and protect the properties of its own
people through soldiers and arms alone. The real strength
of a revolutionary party is its own people.
If we look at the present situation of Burma today we see
that the whole country stands up against the military regime
in defiance. Including monks, students, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
and the NLD and all members of the indigenous people, including
the Mon National Democratic Front. All of these forces are
in one way or another supporting the Revolutionary Parties.
Today, as opposed to the past, these are the real factors
upon which the revolutionary forces have to rely upon rather
than arms and ammunition.
The power of people to speak out against repression in the
information age has become stronger and more powerful than
ever before. In the past a military regime could oppress its
own people and commit atrocities without anyone's notice.
It could kill, arrest, persecute, confiscate, loot, etc. Nowadays
it is not possible for a military regime to do this to its
own people. We can collect information and inform the world
and raise the awareness of the world communities within seconds.
I very sadly like to mention here that there is a Mon revolution
party which has knelt down in front of the military regime
in Burma and bowed its heads to the guns and ammunition. It
seems that this party could not carry on the Mon Revolution
Flag in good faith anymore and has dashed the dreams of revolutionaries.
So on the Eve of Mon Revolution Day I, on behalf of the Mon
People, would earnestly urge this party to step aside and
pave the way for a new group to emerge.
Mon National Council
The views expressed here are solely the opinion
of the author. (Editor)
One year in the history
In his 55th anniversary of Mon Resistance Day message, the
late President of the New Mon State Party Nai Shwe Kyin said
there has been no political development after seven years
of the cease-fire agreement with the ruling Burmese military
The BBC radio conducted an interview with Nai Hongsar, the
Joint-Secretary General of the NMSP from the liberated area,
who claimed that many lands have been confiscated by the military
leaving civilians destitute and without just compensation
from the army.
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