The All Burma Students Democratic Front (ABSDF), which last year signed a ceasefire agreement with the Burmese government, began its 10th Conference on Friday at Dawn Taman camp in Karen State.
Speaking to DVB on the sidelines of the meeting, ABSDF Chairman Comrade Than Khe said, “We will review the political situation as a whole, the situation of the people as a whole, and the international situation. Another matter is to formulate our future plans so that our political, military and diplomatic struggles are relevant to the current situations.”
Forty-one representatives of the students’ army are in attendance, and several overseas observers were also invited to the conference which will last until 13 March, during which time the ABSDF will also select its leadership team for the year ahead, said Comrade Than Khe.
“I believe we need to continue our revolution to fulfill the will of the people in line with the evolving situation and renewed spirits,” said the group’s chairman. “I would like to urge the public and our allies to continue supporting our struggle.”
The ABSDF was formed on 1 November 1988 by students and youths who escaped to Burma’s border areas to avoid arrest and persecution following the military crackdown on a student-led uprising that summer. At its peak, the organisation had around 10,000 members.
* EDITOR’S NOTE: The original version of this story headlined that the conference took place in Mae Sot which is incorrect. We apologise for any confusion.