THE PEOPLE OF 2004
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THE PEOPLE OF 2004


By The Irrawaddy DECEMBER, 2004 - VOLUME 12 NO.11


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He still believes the NLD is an acceptable alternative to military rule but laments the lack of a winning political strategy.

 

“Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is very intelligent and well-read,” he says—but then adds: “She is not capable of playing practical politics. Because she does not play as a clever politician to make a change, we all suffer.”

 

Shwe Ohn believes Suu Kyi should concentrate on mustering domestic opposition forces rather than relying on international pressure for change.

 

Ethnic ceasefire groups are also the target of Shwe Ohn’s criticism. He charges them with being politically incompetent and failing to act in the interests of their people and work for a democratic union of Burma.

 

Worse still, most ethnic elites are bought by the regime, he claims.

 

“When the military combine bribery and intimidation to [exert] pressure on the ethnic cease fire groups, they [the groups] will…yield to the military’s demand,” he says.



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