September 1988 – Protests continue

The remains of a burnt-out village in Karen State

The armed forces, known as the Tatmadaw, violently shut down the pro-democracy protests, re-assuming military control. All universities are closed, many students and teachers arrested, and 10,000 students and democracy supporters flee into the ethnic borderlands. Several thousand people die in the repression and political violence this year, but the full human toll is not recorded.

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