Yangon: Subdued religious ceremonies
by activists and pro-democracy politicians marked the
anniversary on Sunday of the 1988 uprising that was brutally
crushed by Myanmar`s military.
More than 1 million people rose up on August 8 that year
to protest an entrenched military-backed regime headed by Gen
Ne Win that had wiped out the savings of many by a sudden
demonetisation of the currency.
An estimated 3,000 people were killed before the
demonstrations were crushed in September. Aung San Suu Kyi,
Myanmar`s detained pro-democracy leader, rose to prominence
during the uprising.
"We are holding this religious ceremony in memory of
those who had sacrificed their lives during the protest and in
honor of those who are in prison for their beliefs and for
those who had taken part in the nationwide protests 22 years
ago," said Tint Hsan, a former student activist who organised
The ceremony in an eastern suburb was attended by
politicians and many activists, including some Buddhist monks
recently freed from prison.
Yangon`s streets were quiet and residents went about
their normal Sunday routines, with some having forgotten the
Others gave food to Buddhist monks to mark the protests.
Student activists from the `88 generation managed to make
their voices heard again in 2007 in an uprising led by
Buddhist monks, which was also put down violently by the
military. Many of them were given prison sentences of 65