August 1988 – A struggle for democracy

The 8th August 1988 becomes a date in infamy. The 8888 student uprising, as it comes to be known, is a mobilisation of people around Myanmar (also known as Burma), speaking out against the military dictatorship. Countrywide demonstrations take place, mobilised and encouraged by students. This symbolic date is chosen to be the first day of coordinated protests, and comes to be recognised as a key moment in Myanmar’s history. The country’s security services brutally crack down on protesters, with unknown numbers of participants killed or injured. Despite the levels of violence, the students are not intimidated, and protests continue.

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