Alan Clements interviewed at

Alan Clements interviewed at

December 10, 2010

From the interview with Alan Clements, the co-author of The Voice of Hope with Aung San Suu Kyi:

CLEMENTS: [Aung San Suu Kyi] is not alone in this epic quest for freedom. Burma is a nation of nonviolent revolutionaries. They include the young and old alike. They include tens of thousands of Buddhist monks and nuns. They include Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims and atheists. There is no one who is not invited to enter the struggle for freedom and peace-building. Even large numbers of the military back Aung San Suu Kyi. It is only the senior generals who seem to struggle with how to understand Aung San Suu Kyi’s supreme importance to the vast majority of the population and her vital role in both the present and future welfare of the country.

Obviously, most of her followers and fellow activists are unknown to the world, but rest assured, many thousands of them are risking their lives at this very moment for the right to live in a free and democratic society.

Frankly, I wish there were tens of thousands of tiny flip video cams that could be smuggled into the country to reveal to the world just what everyday nonviolent revolution looks like within the cities, monasteries, prisons, labour and refugee camps, as well as within the homes and thousands of villages scattered throughout the country. Of course, we know through smuggled out video what the demonstrations looked like from the Buddhist monk and nun led uprising in 2007 but we rarely, if ever, see or hear the tiny daily acts of courageous defiance of ordinary citizens living under one of the most brutal military regimes in the modern era.

Of course, Aung San Suu Kyi would be the first to say that she is just one voice in her country’s struggle for freedom. She also repeatedly states that the success of the revolution will only come when everybody does their part — puts their freedom into action for the greater good.

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