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Myanmar uprising marked by US exiles

Exiled Myanmar activists held protests and vigils in the United States in memory of hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators gunned down in a 1988 revolt against the Junta in Yangon.



Around 150 activists, according to the organisers
estimates, held a demonstration outside Myanmar's Embassy on Tuesday, calling on country's ruling core of generals to hand over power to pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

US activists also planned to hold a candlelight vigil
outside the home of the Myanmar ambassador to the US.

Their commemorations followed a series of events in
Thailand and around the world to mark the 12th anniversary of the uprising.

Hundreds of democracy demonstrators were gunned down on August 8,1988, paving the way for a Junta to take power the next month from longtime Military Strongman General Ne Win.

Protestors on Tuesday targeted Japan, which Suu Kyi
suspects of preparing to resume commercial links with Myanmar.

Japan said it is willing to increase humanitarian aid
programme to Myanmar, but only if it embraces reform.

Report : Zeenext Bureau

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