Karen History and Culture Preservation Society
Saw Ba U Gyi’s Four Principles
1. For us surrender is out of the question2. The recognition of Karen State must be complete3. We shall retain our arms4. We shall decide our own political destiny.’
Saw B U Gyi remains paramount in signifyingin most Karen people’s minds the strugglefor a Karen homeland. Turning his back onwealth and career in an attempt to free his people from the injustice of a prejudiced andrepressive society, Saw B U Gyi was one of
the rst architects to envision Kawthoolei* – a
Karen homeland where Karens would be ableto shape there own future.With the support of likeminded peopleincluding Mahn Ba Zan, Saw Sankey andSaw Hunter Tha Mwe, Saw B U Gyi built thefoundation on which the Karen struggle wouldrest. While his martyrdom would strike amajor blow to the Karen revolution his legacycontinues to live on in the hearts of those whoshare his vision:
* The term Kawthoolei rst saw widespread use after the June 1949 radio broadcast in which Saw B U Gyi announced the
establishment of a free country of Kawthoolei. Prior to this calls had been made for recognition of a ‘Kaw Lah’ and ‘KanyawKaw’ meaning Green Country and Karen Country respectively.