Thursday, January 1, 2009

NLD youth attend talk on independence

Dec 31, 2008 (DVB)–The second in a series of talks for National League for Democracy youth members was held at the party headquarters yesterday and focused on freedom and independence.

The two-hour talk, entitled 'People and Freedom', was held at the NLD headquarters in Rangoon in advance of the 61st anniversary of Independence Day which falls on 4 January.

Around 200 young people and senior NLD members attended the event.

During the talk, NLD leader Khin Maung Swe said that only the ruling elite had enjoyed the fruits of freedom since Burma won its independence in 1948.

"He said since the independence in 1948 the public has not tasted freedom and pointed out the lack of basic rights for the people thus," said Rangoon division youth member Aye Naing, who attended the talk.

"He said in any kind of struggle, there can be no success without the participation of the people."

The talk was followed by a discussion by youth members and NLD leaders on the best way to achieve freedom and basic human rights.

The next talk is to be held on 14 January and the topic will be the HIV/AIDS crisis in Burma, Aye Naing said.

Around 300 youth members attended the last meeting, entitled ‘Youth and the Future’, which was held on 16 December and chaired by senior NLD member Win Tin.

Reporting by Naw Say Phaw

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