Remembering Mon leader Nai Non Lar

Remembering Mon leader Nai Non Lar

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Amid celebrations of the 24th anniversary of the ‘88 uprising in Burma yesterday, a commemoration for an ethnic Mon leader was held in Sangkhlaburi, Kanchanaburi Province near the Thai-Burmese border.

Nai Non Lar, the former chairman of the New Mon State Party (NMSP), was a well-known and respected leader among ethnic Mon and other armed ethnic groups in Burma. While on stage to celebrate the first anniversary of the ‘88 uprising in Three Pagodas Pass in 1989, he had a heart attack and died. He was 72 years old.

Commemoration was held at the house of Nai Non Lar’s daughter, Mi Dee Dar, in Sangkhlaburi on August 8. (Photo: Kaowao)

Commemorations were held at the house of Nai Non Lar’s daughter, Mi Dee Dar, in Sangkhlaburi, in his native village of Sanee Padaw in Mudon Township, and at NMSP headquarters in Bee Ree area.

A former political prisoner jailed for supporting the Mon rebel movement, Nai Non Lar joined the NMSP after he was released from incarceration to fight for ethnic Mon self-determination rights in Burma, according to Mi Dee Dar.

Nai Non Lar struggled for Mon freedom for many decades alongside late presidents Nai Shwe Kyin and Nai Htin.

Local Mon people built a statue of Nai Non Lar in his native village in an effort to preserve his memory and legacy among Mon people.


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