Myanmar activists mark 1988 uprising anniversary

About one million people rose up on August 08, 1988 to protest an entrenched military-backed regime.

Yangon: Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has joined other activists marking the anniversary of the anti-military uprising that inspired their still uncompleted crusade to bring democracy to Myanmar.

Suu Kyi, her colleagues and 350 followers gathered on Monday at a monastery in western Yangon to recall how about one million people rose up on August 08, 1988 to protest an entrenched military-backed regime 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 the next month.

Suu Kyi, the daughter of Myanmar independence hero General Aung San, rose to prominence during the uprising. Myanmar this year installed an elected civilian government but remains under military domination.

Bureau Report

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