following excerpts have been translated from footage of Daw Aung San Suu
Kyi’s tour of Mandalay Division, Kachin, State, Shan State, and
Sagaing Division in the weeks leading up to the murderous attack on her
entourage on 30 May 2003. She
made these impromptu speeches at rallies that attracted thousands of people
who traveled great distances to see her despite harassment and severe
warnings by the authorities.
from the footage are available in the Daw Suu Photo
Set 1 and Photo Set 2 in the Multimedia section.
Postcards and the actual raw footage in PAL VHS form are also available
upon request from Altsean-Burma email@example.com
May 14, 2003
tour, the people have waited for us in all hours of the night
to greet us. In the day, the people have waited for hours
in the scorching sun to warmly welcome us. I don’t have
the same speech for each town but … I would like to
present something to you that we have experienced during our
campaign trip. So I would like each individual to decide.
That is what democracy is all about.
trip, we have had to endure many disturbances. We had to face
them since Mandalay on our way to Kachin state. I would like
the people to think about that and make up their own minds
regarding this issue. The whole day, USDA made every effort
to disturb us. They threatened the public by saying if people
came and welcomed us, they would face problems, etc. We can
not accept this type of threat. Another thing - they had these
posters displayed along the way in the towns and villages
but things like that do not affect us.
more details on the attack, please see Altsean’s Report
19 May 2003
very much for coming and attending the opening of our office
despite the rain. Even though it is raining and the sky looks
overcast and gloomy, your colorful umbrellas brighten up the
day, just as we can see a bright future despite these dark
days. Everyone has different political beliefs but it is not
necessary to use force to attack one another…
If we were
in a democratic country, the peoples’ freedom would
be guaranteed. Only if the people are free, will our country
be free. Everything is related to politics, there is nothing
that is not political in nature. Politics is personal. I want
to make sure that everyone understands it.
want people to say “I don’t know anything about
politics” or “I don’t want to take part
in it because I don’t want any problems”. One
cannot have that kind of mindset. If you say politics has
nothing to do with yourself, then what about when the price
of rice and oil goes up? If politics has nothing to do with
you, when the prices of rice and oil goes up, you should not
moan or complain.
it has nothing to do with you. Is that possible? Can you do
that? [People respond: No!] Yes, that is politics. Our country’s
politics, our country’s future has something to do with
you, each and every one of you.
Shan State (was redesignated as being in Mandalay Division
by the regime)
22 May 2003
It has been
15 years since I last visited Mogok. But during this time
Mogok has not lost its strength or loyalty. You find out the
true loyalty of people when one is faced with extreme difficulties
in life. When things are going well, everyone is good.
If one is
aware of the difference between right and wrong, but if one
cannot stand behind the truth, one will become useless. I
have faith in the younger generation. I know that we have
the courage to stand firmly behind the truth. When we (NLD)
see people like that, we understand that we have to work harder
so that democracy can be achieved sooner, as soon as possible,
in our country. The sooner we achieve democracy, the sooner
these young people will have better opportunities. That is
the time when the younger generation will be given a chance
to make a positive contribution to society.
Pyin, Shan State
25 May 2003
I am so
pleased to see how the people have acted and behaved in Kyat
Pyin today. In today’s case, a huge number of people
turned up, but all have acted responsibly with discipline
and in an orderly fashion. And I honor you for that. When
we first came into town, I was so proud of the people because
you did not use force or violence means to deal with the protests
against us. And I honor your tolerance.
here have shown what real strength is. Real strength does
not involve violence. Another thing is, when we were on our
way here I have heard people singing the national anthem.
So I started thinking, the national anthem says “we
love our country since it is our ancestral inheritance”.
Yes, this country belongs to all of us. We must not forget
that this country belongs to all of us. The main purpose of
our struggle to re-establish democracy is to return the country
to the people who own the country.
NLD is an
established organization. Some people could ask us why this
organization would want to work for the benefit of the people.
Why is your organization working for our benefit? Such questions
could be asked … we believe that the democratic system
necessary for the development of our country. By analyzing
today’s world, we can see that most developed countries
are democratic countries.”
different kinds of governments) “It is said that a government
despised by its people is the worst kind of government. The
next kind of slightly better government is one that is feared
by the people. A government praised by the people is a better
one. The best kind of government is one that the people do
not have to think about its existence. It means the country
is very peaceful. For example, people won't notice if they’re
riding in a car which is in completely perfect condition.
These days we’re traveling a lot by road so I know well
about cars. If the engine is working well and the road is
smooth –we won’t even be aware that we’re
traveling in a car from one place to another in a car But
if the car is often breaking down, then you would easily notice
that you’re traveling.
29 May 2003
one is involved in politics or not, actually whatever one
does in life, the most important thing is one’s morale.
If one has the right mindset, and if one puts in the right
effort, there is no reason why one cannot successfully achieve
on the people, especially the younger generation. We have
gained all the strength we needed when we saw that the young
people have acted responsibly in such confronting situations.
this trip, I have seen the people united, this makes me believe
that change is coming. I have seen the people united in Monywa,
right here and right in front of my eyes. Because of this
no matter what difficulties we may face, it cannot distract
a difference between fortitude and acceptance. To accept things
is to say that you know you are being treated in an improper
way but you just let things be. It is not an approach you
should adopt in life. But to have fortitude is much better.
You have to keep your spirits high even in difficult times
and that is the only way democracy can be achieved faster.
A MEETING ROOM
like to ask the authorities why they give preference to providing
protection to the USDA? On one occasion, the USDA didn't heed
the advice of the police. Why does the USDA treat even the
police as if they are persons not worthy of attention?
we would like to ask if the Association is an organization
outside the rule of law.
Is the existence
of an organization outside the rule of law proper in a country?
Is that appropriate? Is that legitimate? It is very questionable.
It’s politically correct to raise many questions.