30 years after uprising, Myanmar activists continue with struggle

By Kyaw Phyo Tha, The Irrawaddy YANGON — Prominent student leaders of the 1988 uprising stressed that Myanmar’s political achievements to date were only a partial victory and called for more democratic reforms on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the mass protests on Wednesday. During a commemoration ceremony at Yangon University to remember the popular nationwide uprising against one-party dictatorship, U Min Ko Naing, a member of the ’88 Generation Students group, said the progress Myanmar was experiencing now was not the ultimate goal of the uprising that he joined as a university student. “We have been asked if our demands have been met after 30 years. Having a parliament and elections was not our goal. We will have to work hard for a parliament filled entirely with elected members and for a government made up entirely of civilians,” he told the hundreds of attendees, mostly former students who had taken part in the uprising. Named after the nationwide protest on Aug. 8, 1988, the 8888 — or ’88 — uprising was a major shift in Myanmar’s modern history. Political analysts at home and abroad agree that, despite ending in a bloody military coup, the uprising raised the public’s political awareness, which in turn paved the way for changes that brought Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) to power 28 years later. Despite the civilian government now in power, Myanmar today is coping with a guided democracy based on a military-drafted constitution and is still accused of being undemocratic. U Min Ko Naing praised the unsung heroes of the uprising, saying ‘they served better than us,” and suggested that the country’s policymakers be aware of the people’s concerns and suffering. “If they know what people need, a better nation is on its... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, 30 years after uprising, Myanmar activists continue with struggle, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you 30 years after uprising, Myanmar activists continue with struggle





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Published By: Thai PBS NETWORK - Wednesday, 8 August, 2018



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