Myanmar mourns veteran activist Win Tin

Thousands of mourners have paid their respects at the funeral of Myanmar pro-democracy veteran Win Tin.

A founder of the National League for Democracy (NLD), he served 19 years in prison for his opposition to military rule in Myanmar, formerly called Burma.

Released in 2008, Win Tin was seen as a close aide to Aung San Suu Kyi but also held the power to disagree with her.

He died in a Yangon hospital early on Monday morning after suffering from health problems.

Win Tin's body lay in state during the afternoon at a cemetery on the outskirts of Yangon.

Aung San Suu Kyi and other activists, political figures and many ordinary citizens filed quietly past.

"Whenever there are clouds above, he will always be our blue sky," one man told AFP news agency.

Freed from Insein prison six years ago, Win Tin continued to wear his blue prison shirt as a protest because others were still being held.

Mourners wore blue prison uniforms as a tribute to him and carried portraits to a memorial service, reports the BBC's Jonah Fisher from Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon.

Much of Win Tin's time in prison was spent in solitary confinement and his sentence was twice extended.

He was known for speaking his mind – not being afraid to criticise members of his own party, in particular those he saw as being too reverential towards Aung San Suu Kyi.

Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth said Win Tin's death was an "irreplaceable loss" for the South East Asian nation.

"His bravery in the face of cruel hardship continues to echo through Burma's fragile reform process," he said in a statement.

Two years after his release, Myanmar held its first elections in 20 years.

The NLD boycotted the polls but re-entered the political fold as the government embarked on a process of reform that saw some political prisoners freed and media censorship relaxed.

The party now has a small presence in parliament and its key focus is the general election due in 2015.

Watch video: http://kimedia.blogspot.com/2014/04/myanmar-mourns-veteran-activist-win-tin.html

BBC News, 23 April 2014
Photo caption: Win Tin was Myanmar's longest-serving political prisoner

G+ Comments

Facebook Comments


Live & Die for Buddhism

candle

Maha Ghosananda

Maha Ghosananda

Supreme Patriarch of Cambodian Buddhism (5/23/1913 - 3/12/07). Forever in my heart...

Problems we face today

jendhamuni pink scarfnature

Of the many problems we face today, some are natural calamities and must be accepted and faced with equanimity. Others, however, are of our own making, created by misunderstanding, and can be corrected...

Major Differences

Major Differences in Buddhism

Major Differences in Buddhism: There is no almighty God in Buddhism. There is no one to hand out rewards or punishments on a supposedly Judgement Day ...read more

My Reflection

My Reflection

This site is a tribute to Buddhism. Buddhism has given me a tremendous inspiration to be who and where I am today. Although I came to America at a very young age, however, I never once forget who I am and where I came from. One thing I know for sure is I was born as a Buddhist, live as a Buddhist and will leave this earth as a Buddhist. I do not believe in superstition. I only believe in karma.

A Handful of Leaves

A Handful of Leaves

Tipitaka: The pali canon (Readings in Theravada Buddhism). A vast body of literature in English translation the texts add up to several thousand printed pages. Most -- but not all -- of the Canon has already been published in English over the years. Although only a small fraction of these texts are available here at Access to Insight, this collection can nonetheless be a very good place to start.

Just the way it is

1. Accept everything just the way it is.
2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
5. Be detached from desire your whole life long.
6. Do not regret what you have done.
7. Never be jealous.
8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
9. Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself nor... read more