Sayagyi Min Thu Wun (The late Great Poet)

Today (Aug 15, 2011) is the 7th anniversary of Sayagyi Min Thu Wun's departure to another existence from Burma where he was born. His name will live forever though he passed away seven years ago. The great poet who was also a peace lover wrote numerous books mostly dealt with poems. Almost all of his works are famous in Burmese literary world. He loves to represent people who live simple lives and who love peace and democracy. He became a Parliament member of NLD, elected by Kamayut Constituency in Rangoon. The last time I saw Sayagyi was a year before his demise at his home in Hledan. My eldest brother Maung Linyon (Shan Pyi), also a poet, worked under him at Translation Department of Rangoon University. Today he is in his 70s and resided in Insein. Sayagyi Min Thu Wun is one of my admired literary figures.

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First, through a concerted, non-violent protest by all citizens of the country at home and international fora. If it is responded by repression and harsher measures, then, through an armed revolution. Such moves are sure to be supported by all democratic and peace loving countries of the world. (modest)

(The question for above answer was asked by Min Myo Naing using another name in June of 2006.)


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An exiled journalist from Burma, I have taken refuge in the United States with my family thanks to CPJ in New York, UNHCR (Cambodia) and the States Department. I was detained for one and a half year in 1969 for burning effigy of the late dictator Ne Win in the Rangoon University campus during SEA Games Strike. I was also actively participated in 8888 nationwide uprising by taking charge in publishing The Guardian Daily as independent newspaper for 22 days before I resigned from the newspaper as Assistant Editor in September,1988. Fortunately, I was escaped from arresting by the military regime. In 1990, I left for Bangkok where I had an assignment to translate the "Outrage: Burma's Struggle for Democracy". The book was originally written by Bertil Lintner, a Swedish journalist. I fled my country in December 2005 after my life was threatened by the military intelligence service for involving in political movements and had given assistance to foreign journalists who came to Burma. I am still active with the movement for restoring democracy in Burma.