Friday, September 22, 2017

Committee on conservation of 17 Martyrs Mausoleum to be formed

A committee is set to be formed to conserve the mausoleums of the 17 people, who were killed in the 1300 Revolution in Mandalay in 1939.

The memorial ceremony for the 78th anniversary of the 1300 Revolution being held in Mandalay. Phyo Wai Kyaw / The Myanmar TimesThe memorial ceremony for the 78th anniversary of the 1300 Revolution being held in Mandalay. Phyo Wai Kyaw / The Myanmar Times

U Min Htet Nyein Chan, a member of organising committee for the 78th anniversary memorial to mark the deaths, said the committee would help educate the younger generation of the sacrifices made by the 17, who were considered martyrs.

“The 17 are the faces of Myanmar, even today. The mausoleum will be opened daily, not once a year, so that youths can learn about the 17.

“We will set up the committee as fast as we can. Members of this committee will come from all sectors,” he said yesterday.

U Zarni Aung, Minister of Electrical Power, Energy and Construction for the Mandalay Region, had called for the committee to be set up during the memorial.

The 1300 Revolution was a movement in which oil workers went on strike to demand better wages and working conditions.

While marching down 26th Street Mandalay’s Eaindawyar Pagoda on February 10, 1939, British colonial authorities shot into the crowd, killing seven Buddhist monks and 10 others.

The local movement soon escalated into a national uprising. The 1300 Revolution is now considered a seminal moment of the country’s independence movement, leading to the birth of the country as a modern sovereign state in 1948.

Soon after the uprising, a Martyr’s Mausoleum was built at Tha Kywe Kone, Chan Mya Tharsi township, using donations from four wealthy citizens.

The upkeep of the mausoleum and the preparations for the memorial ceremony had been handled by civilian groups, U Min Htet Nyein Chan said.

The mausoleum would open for the memorial and close for the rest of the year, he said.

Mandalay resident U Aung Win said both the government and the people should play their role in the conservation of the mausoleum.

“They are the real heritage. I think both civilian associations and the government should take responsibilities for conservation,” U Aung Win said.

In Mandalay, the people recognise the Buddhist 7th Waning Day of Tabodwe month as Martyrs Day.

Translation by Khine Thazin Han