January 27, 2004—The Communist
Party of Burma recently launched its new website, in preparation
for "the last battle" in the decades-long conflict
between the country’s military rulers and the people,
according to the website.
includes pages stating the party’s policies and announcements,
open letters and news articles in Burmese. It also has posted
the most recent issue of the party’s journal, People’s
Power, which first began publication over 40 years ago.
The Communist Party of Burma, or CPB, collapsed in 1989 after
many of its members mutinied against their leaders. Today,
most of its members live in Chinese towns bordering northern
Burma and deeper inside China.
The party launched the website to circulate its opinions
to Burmese people abroad and, it hopes, to people inside Burma
through its overseas readership.
The party was founded in 1939 by young dissidents who played
a key role in Burma’s fight against British colonial
rule, including independence hero and national leader Aung
San, father of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The party took up arms against Rangoon in 1948. It also took
part in the 1988 pro-democracy movement and many activists
were jailed for having suspected links to the party.