(Yangon) Opponents of the military coup in Burma demonstrated on Sunday to celebrate the 1988 pro-democracy uprising that made Aung San Suu Kyi, the now imprisoned leader, famous.
Posted on Aug 8, 2021 at 10:45 am
Burma has been in turmoil since the generals’ coup in February and the repression that followed, in which more than 900 people were killed, according to a local NGO.
But the demonstrators were not discouraged and organized daily lightning demonstrations to demand an end to the military regime.
On Sunday, flash mobs commemorating the 1988 uprising, a massive pro-democracy movement violently suppressed by the military, opened fire on protesters and imprisoned thousands of people in Yangon and Mandalay, the country’s second largest city.
Following a call on social networks, protesters held banners reading “Pay off the old 1988 blood debts in 2021”.
“In 1988 our country sacrificed a lot – many people lost their lives. But the dictatorship is still alive, ”said Ko Sai Win, who attended a morning demonstration in Mandalay.
The 1988 uprising resulted in Aung San Suu Kyi becoming a democratic icon who returned to Burma to treat her ailing mother just before the protests of the time.
The British Ambassador to Burma, Peter Vowles, has supported the anti-junta movement.
“The UK supported the people of Burma in 1988 and we support them today in 2021,” he said in a video on Twitter.
The underground government of the “National Unity Government”, composed mainly of MPs from the National League for Democracy (LND), Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, issued a statement on Sunday that declared its determination to continue the fight for democracy.
On the occasion of this anniversary, the security measures have been strengthened, said the information service of the junta.
Authorities said they arrested two men and discovered an arsenal in Mandalay, including rifles, more than 10,000 ammunition and more than 160 bombs and grenades.
They accused the underground opposition “government” of introducing these weapons to “cause more violence in the country”.