Don’t Be Afraid to Honor a Burmese Hero!

Win Tin ( Cartoon: Nay Myo Say / The Ladies News Journal)

U Win Tin, 1930-2014 (Cartoon: Nay Myo Say / The Ladies News Journal)

Today, Burma will put Uncle Win Tin, the fearless defender of the rights of the oppressed, to rest. To honor him, we should all be equally courageous and show no fear in paying him the respect he is due.

Of course, most Burmese will not hesitate to pay tribute to this fallen hero. But do the country’s past and present rulers have the nerve to honor a man they imprisoned for nearly 20 years?

It’s no good for the present “reformist” government to act as if bears no responsibility for the way Uncle Win Tin and countless others like him were treated by the former regime. The whole country knows that our president is no Gorbachev, but just a puppet of the old Than Shwe dictatorship.

Let’s see if the self-styled “reformists” now in power have the audacity to say that Uncle Win Tin was a great man—a man who should have been treated like a national hero, not a common criminal.

Those who admire Uncle Win Tin will attend his funeral, or sing songs in his honor and pray for him. Will any Western or Asian government officials who have embraced the ex-military government turn up? How about the former spy chief Khin Nyunt, the man who had Uncle Win Tin locked up and tortured for his political convictions? Will he attend? Let’s wait and see.

How will the United Nations and the governments of Norway, Australia, Germany and other countries that have applauded the Thein Sein administration’s “reforms” respond to the outpouring of grief at the loss of Uncle Win Tin? Will they share the Burmese people’s sadness, or just shed crocodile tears and continue doing business as usual with Naypyidaw’s wolves in sheep’s clothing when the funeral is over?

Today is a sad day for Burma, but it is not a day to stay silent. The only way to honor Uncle Win Tin is by clearly standing with him and the principles he spent a lifetime trying to defend. It is the least we can do for a man who has given so much for his country.

2 Responses to Don’t Be Afraid to Honor a Burmese Hero!

  1. We do not need to comment because the author has clearly mentioned the truth. Gun-toting thugs are coward men while Uncle Win Tin fought them back with vision and ideology.

  2. Maung Lu Aye ( Law ) R.A.S.U.1976

    Absolutely True to honor this Democracy Champion Hanthawaddy U Win Tin. Those who put Falsely Accused U Win Tin to Prison, Actually the Regime willingly finding fault to Innocent Public Figure whom they afraid him so much.
    Most of the Burmese Generals are Cowards.Cowards die many times.U Win Tin’s last & Important Wish was,The Oppressors/The Victimizers/the Murderers to apologize to the Burmese People or the Victims.
    Quite amazing that Ex-Gen Khin Nyunt said ” Who Should I Apologize ?”
    I Strongly support that U Win Tin’s Grave should be alongside with Sayagyi Thakin Kodaw Mhaing & Late UN Secretary-General U Thant.
    Therfore,Burmese People & Global Village would know and honor this distinguished man.

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