Monday, November 5, 2012

88 Generation leaders to meet ethnics and exiles in Thailand

Monday, 05 November 2012 13:36 Phanida

Seven leaders of Burma’s 88 Generation Students group, including Mya Aye, arrived in Bangkok on Friday to meet with ethnic organizations and exile groups.

The seven student leaders—Mya Aye, Pyone Cho, Ant Bwe Kyaw, Soe Tun, Tun Myint Aung, Mi Mi Lwin and San San Maw—said they planned to meet the groups while they were in Thailand for the 2012 Myanmar Student Meeting on November 3- 4.

Speaking to Mizzima, Mya Aye said, “We came here to talk about peace. For the purposes of this trip, a peace group is to be led by myself, while Soe Tun heads the education group, and Ant Bwe Kyaw leads the information group. We will also meet with migrant workers.”

Mya Aye said that Burma is currently undergoing a period of transition; therefore his members want to exchange views with ethnic leaders and exiled groups with the aim of helping to establish democracy in the country.

“I think the opinion of exiled Burmese people is also important,” he said. “They are all exiled for various reasons. They too want democracy in Burma. We plan to listen to their opinions and discuss the issues with them.”

Than Khe, the chairman of the exiled All Burma Students Democratic Front, said that his group would also meet with the seven 88 Generation Students group leaders, although no date or agenda had yet been fixed.

This is the first foreign trip by any of the seven since they were released from prison.

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