ZTC Observed Martyrs’ Day in Falam
21 July 2011: A commemorative service for the 64th anniversary of Martyrs’ Day was held at the Jubilee Hall of the Zomi Theological College (ZTC) in Falam, Chin State, Burma yesterday.
The event that marked the assassination of General Aung San and other cabinet members of the pre-independence interim government on 19 July 1947 started with an opening prayer by Pastor Tial Hliang and a key speech given by ZTC Principal Rev. Dr. Law Ha Ling.
ZTC, a member institute of the Association for Theological Education in South East Asia, ATESEA since 1982, offers courses for Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees, producing hundreds of Christian ministers, community leaders and pastors.
In other parts of Chin State, Martyrs’ Day was not officially observed although the 19th July was a public holiday.
Pu Van Lian, Chairman of National League for Democracy in Chin State, told Khonumthung News that the NLD used to organize a service at least in prayer but Martyrs’ Day has not been officially commemorated in Chin State since 2005.
A local from Hakha town, the official seat of Chin State’s government, told Chinland Guardian: “It was a public holiday and we didn’t go to work. But there was no commemoration of Martyrs’ Day here.”
Van Biak Thang