Brigade 7th Headquarters, Hpa-an DistrictThe Karen National Union and, its military wing the Karen National Libation Army, together with Karen splitter armed groups and, the general public commemorated the 65th Karen Revolution Day at 7th Brigade Headquarters, Hpa-an District on January 31st, 2014.
This year’s celebration was exceptional from previous years. Musical entertainment with Burmese popular singers such as Kabyar Bwe Moo, popular Karen Dance groups and fireworks at midnight on January 30th marked this year’s celebration. The commemoration festivities started at 7 am with military parades, speeches by KNU Chairman Gen. Mutu Say Poe, KNLA GOC Gen. Johnny, KNU General Secretary P’doh Saw Kwe Htoo Win and representatives from ethnic nationalities.
The General Secretary of the Karen National Union, P’doh Saw Kwe Htoo Win, reminded all Karen people to work together to achieve freedom and self-determination and called for Karen unity. He said,
"KNU is not the only organisations that will lift up the Karen causes. Different Karen Organisations together with all the Karen populations have to work together". He concluded, “We need to rebuild the unity of the Karen people. The Burma’s [Army’s] Border Guard Force (BGF) and the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) were once a part of our KNU organisation. Therefore, we [Karen armed organisations] should rebuild an understanding among us and start working for the benefit of all of our people”.
In his speech, KNU Chairman General Saw Mutu Sae Poe said, "The main goal of the Karen people is political justice. We must transform an unjust political system to a just one and change the disorganised administration. Without political justice, there can be no political stability. And without political stability, there can be no peace. We cannot reach national success unless there is peace. In order to achieve sustainable prosperity for everyone in the country, peace is vital in all aspects of life".
Celebrations of the 65th Karen Revolution Day also took place at Day Pu Noh village in Papun district as well as other districts' headquarters. The ceremony at Day Pu Noh was attended by KNU’s vice-chairperson, P’doh Naw Zipporah Sein and the KNLA’s vice-chief-of-staff, General Baw Kyaw Heh.