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Pro-democracy forces urged to strenghten their movement against despotic rule in Burma
by Rohingya Human Rights
2009-02-27 10:55:08
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Ahmedur Rahman Farooq, chairman of Rohingya Human Rights Council(RHRC) has urged upon the Burmese pro-democracy forces to strengthen their movement against the despotic rule in Burma under the leadership of Burma’s national icon of democracy, peace and liberty, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Referring to his article 'BDM: Towards a Democratic Burma Without Rohingyas?', Farooq said: 'It is not meant at all to undermine the glorious efforts of Burmese pro-democracy movement for restoration of democracy and peace in Burma. It was an alternative approach to remove a tumorous sentiment within certain quarters of the Burmese pro-democracy movement against the helpless Rohingyas, before it can develop into a cancer."
Reiterating his position against the Burmese military regime, he referred to one of his many articles like 'The Draft Constitution of Burma's Military Rulers' where he wrote:
'In fact, the draft constitution contains all the provisions to glorify the militarism in the governance in the guise of so-called “disciplined democracy”. It is a blue-print for the army to legitimize its grip on power for indefinite period and where the head of the army will be the most powerful person in the country, with the ability to appoint key cabinet figures and suspend the constitution in the event of an emergency that he defines. It also bars Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from running in election whose party NLD won more than 80 percent of the vote in the general elections in 1990, a total of 392 out of the 485 seats contested in the 492-member assembly. And most importantly, the military rulers did not allow any input from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi or her party NLD as well as other democratic and ethnic groups while drafting the state constitution.'
Reiterating his highest respect for Burmese pro-democracy martyrs, Farooq referred to his previous article ' 8888: A Grisly Episode of an Epic Struggle ' where he wrote:
' 8888-The massacre of August 8, 1988 is a "turning point in the history" of Burma and it has laid the groundworks for the "second struggle for the independence" of Burma as the daughter of Burma's independence hero Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said. The bloods of the 8888 martyrs and tears of their mothers have laid the foundation of the protests, which has drawn thousands of ordinary people onto the streets around the country over the last two decades.'
He also wrote: 'The warning of Gen Ne Win came, "I want all the people of the country to know…..if you gather as crowds and kick up a fuss, the military will shoot so as to hit the target. It doesn't shoot into the air to scare people." But the protest movement did not stop. The fire of protest flared all over the country. The army moved to crush the uprising with merciless violence. They shot hundreds of protesters on this day of August 8, 1988 and indiscriminately massacred thousands in the following weeks. The streets ran with the bloods of the democracy seeking people where some 3,000 people are believed to have been killed even though the top military sources admitted later that at least 10,000 people perished. A military intelligence officer close to the former intelligence chief, General Kin Nyunt who is now under house arrest, told a few years ago that General Kin Nyunt's own assessment was that more than 10,000 people were killed. "Many bodies were quietly cremated so that there was no evidence of the massacre," he said.
Reiterating his highest regards for the heroic martyrs of the Saffron Revolution, Farooq referred to his previous article ' Keeping the Flame of Saffron Revolution Alive ' where he wrote:
'The violent crackdown of the Saffron Revolution in September 2007 has added a deep notch in the scale of atrocities of the Burmese military rulers. It is true that the Saffron Revolution could not remove the regime from the power, but it has so badly wounded the regime that they will never be able to heal the scar. Earlier, people witnessed the brutalities of the military regime mostly on the unarmed civilians, but the crackdown of the Saffron Revolution has demonstrated to the people how brutally they can kill, torture and suppress the monks whom the people of Burma hold in the highest regards and reverence. It has seriously attacked the senses of the common people and caused a permanent disgust among them against the regime. Every year September will come to remind them the scale of brutalities of the military regime on the monks. The brutal oppression of the regime and the bloods of the monks spilled in the streets has opened the eyes of the people to see the true identity of the regime and woke them up once again from psychological derailment tactics of the junta.'
He also wrote: 'The plight of the common people seriously attacked the sense of the monks and finally they took to the streets and the protest became known as Saffron Revolution. The Saffron Revolution was a series of anti-government protest which started on August 15, 2007 and continued up to October 2007. Initially, being led by students and opposition political activists, the protest demonstrations were at first dealt with quickly and harshly by the junta, with dozens of protesters arrested and detained. Later, thousands of Buddhist monks took to the streets to protest the despotic rule which has generated a desperate situation in the country forcing millions of people to live in grinding poverty with half naked body full of hunger and grief. Carrying the Buddhist flag, the protesting monks marched through the streets of Rangoon and in all other major cities of the country and chanted the “Metta Sutta” (the Buddha’s words on loving kindness).
Expressing gratitude to the rare sacrifices of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and thousands of martyrs of the Burmese pro-democracy movement, Farooq said," the Rohingyas have been suffering for nearly one century, but they had never been able to raise their voice against the injustices that they have been subjected to. But it is due to the sacrifices of the Nobel Peace Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other pro-democracy forces that the Rohingyas have got a scope to raise their voice. And for this, the Rohingyas will remain grateful to Daw Suu Kyi and other pro-democracy forces of Burma forever".
As an staunch supporter of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, since the beginning of his political activities, Farooq has been working like all other pro-democracy forces to fulfill the dream of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to restore peace and stability in Burma. Like other pro-democracy forces, he has also been continuously raising his voice against all the repressive measures that she has been subjected to, like the one in his article 'Daw Suu: Detaining the Voice of Peace in Burma Sine Die.'
Reflecting the voice of the Rohingya community, Farooq said:'The Rohingyas will continue their struggle through all peaceful means for restoration of democracy, peace and justice in Burma under the leadership of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and they will continue to oppose the despotic rule in Burma, they will oppose any armed struggle or any other violent approaches to solve their problem, they will oppose all the moves for the separation of Arakan from Burma and they will oppose all the communalist forces wherever they are."

Finally, Farooq said: ' Any deviation from the struggle for democracy and peace in Burma, will be an unforgivable betrayal with the bloods and tears of the victims of the pro-democracy movement and in case there is any damage somehow to this movement, there will remain no hope for the people of Burma who have been groaning under the military boot decades after decades.'
Rohingya Human Rights Council(RHRC). Address:  2975 Vang i Valdres, Norway.
Contact: +4797413036. Email:rohingyas.rhrc@yahoo.com


Article Ref:
8888: A Grisly Episode of an Epic Struggle
Keeping the Flame of Saffron Revolution Alive
Burma Heading Towards the Worst
The Draft Constitution of Burma's Military Rulers

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