Reconciliation —'Don’t Let’s Lose Hope'
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Reconciliation —'Don’t Let’s Lose Hope'

By Tin Maung Than Wednesday, December 15, 2004

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Q: Observers and even some NLD members complained that the opposition, especially the NLD, failed to capitalize on the October putsch. What are your comments?


A: First we should realize the difficult situation the NLD has been facing. In a certain situation, silence is also a great conversation in politics—but that is true only in a certain situation. Under oppression, a political party should clearly define which situation to be silent in and [which] situation to go along with masses.


I think the NLD is very much like a party operating under democracy not under oppression. The NLD has produced a lot of statements of political demands but not actions or a practical transitional plan. Sadly, I would express Burmese politics as oppression versus statements. It had the Gandhi Hall declaration but [that] wasn’t followed by political action. Some NLD leaders are campaigning, but not organizing or building a network to stage a mass movement. This is my general impression.


That’s why I reached a conclusion about two years ago: if there was a party to lead a mass movement in the future, it would probably be the Communist Party of Burma, which most people thought already extinct. Historically, it was the main actor of Burmese politics and we should not underestimate its network and skills. It can resurrect again once it finds a way to answer its followers’ ideological doubts and silence.

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