64th anniveersary of myanmar's independence day._AFP

YANGON: Myanmar’s youth,no stranger to the  country”s long struggle for  for democracy ,are increasingly daring to emerge from the political shadows as the regime promises a new era of openness.

Their enthusiasm offers much-needed new blood for Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party,whose top ranks are filled with elderly men in their 80s and 90s known as the “uncles”.

With the opposition gearing up for April 1 by -elections expected to propel Suu Kyi and possibly dozens more party member into parliament for the first time ,many young people are heeding the call to battle.

“I want to fight for the truth,”25-year -old NLD merber  Thuzer Lwin said at the party’s ramshackle Yangon headquarters,where she was helping to re-register recently freed dissident on the membership list.

“I believe in my leader Aung San Suu Kyi.” Young Myanmars have often been at the vanguard of their country’s decades-old resistance to oppression and military rule,but in the past they often waged their cappaign on the street or in the shadows.

Now they feel more able to make their voices heard.In 1988,students were at the forefront of the biggest ever uprising against the military regime,which cracked down brutally on protesters,resulting in up to 3,000 deaths and leaving students under the close watch of the authorities.

Almost two decades later in 2007, the same activists again took to the streets to join monk-led protests dubbed the “Saffron Revolution”that were crushed by the regime.

Many were handed long prison sentences for their roles in the unrest and some were only recently released by the new military-backed government as part  of prisoner amnesties long demanded by the international community.

Now in their 40s, they are making way for a new generation.

“We,re not as young as we were,the former students of the 1988 movement,So we’re trying to work with member of the young generation and in another month or so we expect to stand united,”said NLD youth spokesman Myo Nyunt.

“Now many,many young people want to join our NLD party.”

Not all youth activists,however are choosing to sign up to the NLD in their struggle.


Bo Bo,23,quit university in 2008 and joined the Generation Wave underground movement,which uses music,poetry and other forms of peaceful expression.

The group has now started to organise more open activities to campaign for political and human rights.

“I wanted to do something for the country,”he said.

“We are not going to form a political party.We would like to be an activist organisation,that’s all,”Bo Bo said.

Many young voters in the constituencies involved in the April by election,where 48 seats will be at stake,will be casting ballots for the second time.

The new government has promised that this time,the vote will be free and fair,unlike 2010 nationwide election that was marred by widespread complaints of cheating of cheating and swept the amy’s political allies to power. -AFP

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က်ေနာ္…ဒီသတင္းကိုဖတ္ျပီးေတာ့ အရမ္းကို၀မ္းသာပါတယ္။ဘာေၾကာင့္၀မ္းသာၾကည္ႏူးမိရတယ္ဆိုတာ ရြာသူားတို့သေဘာေပါက္ၾကမွာပါ။

က်ေနာ္တို့အလိုခ်င္ဆုံးအခ်က္က ဒါပါပဲ၊ဒီလိုလူငယ္ေတြရဲ့ အသိိစိတ္မွာ ယုံၾကည္မူရဲရင့္ျပတ္သားမူေတြနဲ့ခိုင္မာတဲ့စိတ္ဓါတ္ေတြရိွေနဖို့က တစ္ကယ့္လိုအပ္ခ်က္ပါ။ယေန့လူငယ္ေတြရဲ့ ခိုင္မာတဲ့စိတ္ဓါတ္ေတြကို ပြင့္လင္းစြာ၊ရဲရင့္စြာနဲ့ေဖၚထုတ္ျပသေနၾကပါျပီ။

NLD ရဲ့အဖြဲ့၀င္ မသူဇာလြင္က က်မတို့အမွန္တရားအတြက္တိုက္ပြဲ၀င္သြားၾကမွာပါတဲ့။

က်မတို့ရဲ့ေခါင္းေဆာင္ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္အေပၚမွာအျပည့္အ၀ယုံၾကည္မူရိွပါတယ္တဲ့။

ေနာက္…ကိုမ်ဳိးညြန့္က က်ေနာ္တို့ အသက္ေတြကၾကီးလာၾကပါျပီ။က်ေနာ္တို့ လူငယ္ေတြကိုေနရာေပးရမယ္၊ေနာက္ထပ္မ်ဳိးဆက္သစ္ေတြကို လက္တြဲေခၚယူရပါမယ္။

ယေန့လူငယ္ေတြဟာ ကိုယ္ပိုင္ဆုံးျဖတ္ခ်က္ေတြနဲ့လြတ္လပ္မူေတြကို ရေအာင္ယူႏိုင္ဖို့အတြက္အခိ်န္ေကာင္းပါပဲ။က်ေနာ္တို့အေနနဲ့လူငယ္ေတြကို မွ်ေ၀ေပးႏိုင္တာက က်ေနာ္တို့ရဲ့ ုအေတြ့အၾကံဳေတြ၊ခါးသီးမူေတြကိုပါ၊အမွားနဲ့အမွန္ကိုခြဲျခားတတ္ေအာင္ လမ္းျပေပးဖို့ပဲရိွပါတယ္၊လူငယ္ေတြအတြက္ခိုင္မာတဲ့စိတ္ဓါတ္ေတြရရိွလာေအာင္ျပဳစုပ်ဳိးေထာင္ေပးၾကပါစို့…

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