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KNU President Address on 62nd Anniversary of Martyrs's Day

KNU President Address on 62nd Anniversary of Martyrs's Day

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 OFFICE OF THE SUPREME HEADQUARTERSKAREN NATIONAL UNIONKAWTHOOLEI
www.karennationalunion.net
KNU President Saw Tamla Baw’s Address on 62
nd
Anniversary of Martyrs’ Day
August 12, 2012
Respected KNU Leaders, Comrades from the KNLA and the Entire KarenPeople,
Today, August 12, 2012 is the 62
nd
Anniversary of Martyrs’ Day, on which wecommemorate President Saw Ba U Gyi and the many Karen comrades, who hadsacrificed their lives in the struggle for the entire Karen people’s rights to self-determination and national equality. On this historic anniversary, I would like toaddress all the Karen people, officers and men of the Karen National Liberation Army(KNLA), while commemorating the Karen martyrs.Firstly, I would like to say that the objective of our commemoration andhonoring the martyrs, who had struggled for justice and freedom, is for us toremember them and follow the path they have paved with their lives, blood, sweat andtears. While we are shouldering the unfinished duties of the martyrs, we must all work together for the new generations to inherit and uphold the traditions, ideals andconvictions of the martyrs.Though the Karen people’s revolutionary resistance has been 63 years long,we have not reached the goal we desire, and we are still within the state of nationalliberation movement. We have learnt bitter lessons a number of times in our nationalliberation movement because of the sowing of divisions and discords, by variousmeans. In the history of our national liberation movement, while there have beenmany martyrs the Karen people can be proud of, there have been many despicable andloathsome opportunists also. Opportunism and tokenism cannot uplift either theinterest of our people or an individual’s quality and progress but cause onlyregression. For that reason, all the Karen people, by eliminating opportunism andtokenism within themselves, must march on to victory with the spirit of the martyrs,revolutionary vigilance and political alertness.Regarding the current political situation, I would like to say that the currentgovernment, which came to power through 2010 elections, in accordance with the2008 Constitution, is carrying out reforms. Though it is said to be building peace with

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