Historic Photos Commemorate 1988 Myanmar Uprising Anniversary
August 8, 2012, marks the 24th anniversary of the largest uprising in Myanmar's political history – the 1988 pro-democracy protests. Although the public has had to commemorate silently without any leaders from the anti-government activist 88 generation in past years, this year's anniversary is likely to involve leaders from the uprising, such as Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi and so on.
A Facebook page known as Myanmar Political Review [my] that was created in July and gathered 1,000+ fans in few days, shared several rare photos of the 1988 uprising. Here are some of those images:
Young primary/secondary students voicing out during the protest. Image by Myanmar Political Review on Facebook.
Police force from Yangon Airport joining the protest. Image by Myanmar Political Review on Facebook.
Government army troops during a clash with protestors. Image by Myanmar Political Review on Facebook.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi giving a speech at Shwedagon pagoda in 1988. Image by Myanmar Political Review on Facebook.
Min Ko Naing who was president of All Burma Federation of Student Union during the historical revolution. Image by Myanmar Political Review on Facebook.
MFGhiphop shared a YouTube video with two songs that reflect the memories of the 1988 uprising:
This year Myanmar President Thein Sein officially sent two ministers to the monastery where a donation ceremony for the Buddhist Full Moon day of Warso was celebrated by members of the 88 Generation Students Organisation on 7 August.
The two ministers, who represent the Ministry of Industry and Ministry of Rail Transportation, respectively donated to both the monastery for the ceremony and the 88 Generation Students Organisation.
88 Generation Student Leader, Min Ko Naing accepting a donation from a government minister on 7 August, 2012. Image by 88 Generation Students Facebook page.
Many Myanmar citizens are enjoying hearing news about good relations between the country's politicians and activists .
Written by Chan Myae Khine