Student leader Moe Thee Zun returns to Myanmar

Moe Thee Zun headed student protests in Myanmar that were crushed by the military in 1988.

Rangoon: A prominent Myanmarese student leader, who was sentenced to death in absentia, has returned to Myanmar.

Moe Thee Zun was cheered by hundreds of supporters when he arrived at Rangoon Airport.

According to the BBC, he headed student protests that were crushed by the military in 1988. Several dissident leaders have returned to the country recently, after Myanmar removed 2,082 people from its blacklist. The move is the latest reformist step taken by the military-backed government.

According to the report, Moe Thee Zun and some of his supporters fled Rangoon in 1988. They went to the remote border regions and fought alongside ethnic rebels against the junta. The student leader later went into exile in the United States.

Moe Thee Zun said he decided to return to Myanmar to discuss national reconciliation. He said he hoped to hold talks with the government of President Thein Sein in the coming days, the report said.


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