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Worldwide Events and Commemorations of the 8.8.88 Uprising

On 8 August 1988, thousands of people took to the streets in Rangoon. People from all walks of life, including monks, teachers, hospital workers, government workers, and many others all joined in the protests. As the day progressed, the protests grew in size and inspired citizens in other areas of Burma to join in demonstrations in their cities.

That evening the military violently retaliated, opening fire with machine guns on the unarmed protesters. The shootings continued into the night and the following days.

Activists from Burma and their supporters around the world mark this day every year in commemoration of those who lost their lives and to reaffirm their commitment to achieving democracy and human rights in their country.

The following are some of the events and commemorations that were held this year.

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(၂၇) ႏွစ္ေျမာက္ ရွစ္ေလးလုံးဒီမုိကေရစီ အေရးေတာ္ပုံေန႔ သေဘာထားထုတ္ျပန္ေၾကညာခ်က္

၂၀၁၅ခုႏွစ္၊ ၾသဂုတ္လ (၈)ရက္ေန႔သည္ ရဟန္းရွင္လူေက်ာင္းသားလူငယ္မ်ားႏွင့္လူမ်ိဳးေပါင္းစုံ ျပည္သူတရပ္လုံး၏စြမ္းပကားျဖင့္ တစ္ပါတီအာဏာရွင္စနစ္ကုိ စတင္တြန္းလွန္ျဖိဳဖ်က္ႏိုင္ခဲ့သည့္ (၂၇)ႏွစ္ေျမာက္ သမုိင္း၀င္ေန႔ထူးေန႔ျမတ္ျဖစ္သည္။ ရွစ္ေလးလုံးဒီမုိကေရစီအေရးေတာ္ပုံကာလမွ ေခတ္အဆက္ဆက္တိုက္ပြဲအတြင္း အသက္၊ ေသြး၊ ေခြ်းတုိ႔ေပးဆပ္ကာ တုိက္ပဲြ၀င္ရင္း က်ဆုံးသြားေသာ အာဇာနည္ရဟန္းရွင္လူေက်ာင္းသားလူငယ္၊ တုိင္းရင္းသားေပါင္းစုံျပည္သူတရပ္လုံးႏွင့္ မတရားဖမ္းဆီးခံေနရသည့္ အာဇာနည္သူရဲေကာင္းအေပါင္းတုိ႔ကုိ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံေက်ာင္းသားလူငယ္ကြန္ဂရက္ (SYCB) မွဦးညြတ္ဂုဏ္ျပဳအပ္ပါသည္ […]

August 8, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , | Read more >>

Rule of law still evades Myanmar 25 years after uprising

[Video] Since the inception of a semi-civilian government in Myanmar, in 2011, reform has been a recurring theme of discussion. On the 25th anniversary of pro-democracy protests, Ali Fowle reports from Yangon on rule of law in the country […]

August 14, 2013 | Tags: , , , | Read more >>

Statement of Endorsement for Declaration of 8888 Silver Jubilee

We are honored to let all our leaders, friends and supporters know that we have supported, contributed and fully participated in the three day commemoration of 25-year anniversary of the 1988 democracy uprising. We were able to have an open and healthy discussion on a variety of issues including national reconciliation […]

August 12, 2013 | Tags: , , | Read more >>

ရွစ္ေလးလုံး ဒီမိုုကေရစီ အေရးေတာ္ပံုု ေငြရတု ေၾကညာစာတမ္း

ရွစ္ေလးလံုုး ဒီမိုုကေရစီ အေရးေတာ္ပံုု ေငြရတုုအခမ္းအနားသိုု႔ တက္ေရာက္လာေသာ ျပည္တြင္း၊ ျပည္ပ၊ နယ္စပ္ အသီသီး ရွိ ၈၈ မ်ိဳးဆက္အင္အားစုုမ်ား၊ ဒီမိုုကေရစီပါတီမ်ား၊ တိုင္းရင္းသားပါတီမ်ားနွင္႔ လက္နက္ကိုင္ အင္အားစုမ်ား၊ လူထုအေျချပဳအင္အားစုမ်ားနွင္႔ မ်ိဳးဆက္သစ္လူငယ္အင္အားစုမ်ား၊ လယ္သမား၊ အလုပ္သမား မ်ားအပါအဝင္ အလႊာစံုျပည္သူမ်ားသည္ ၂၀၁၃ ခုႏွစ္ ၾသဂုတ္လ ၆ ရက္၊ ၇ ရက္ေန႔မ်ားတြင္ စုစည္းညီညြတ္စြာ ေတြ႕ဆံု၍ ေဆြးေႏြး၍ […]

August 12, 2013 | Tags: , , , , | Read more >>

The Fallen Heroes and Heroines of 8888 Must Be Honored With Accountability

8907-Women_Protest02 The week of 8888 Silver Jubilee has passed, with many commitments made for the future. Among the many commemorations of 8888 Silver Jubilee, this year Rangoon saw the largest public 8888 anniversary gathering in history with more than 4,000 activists from 88 generation forces and politicians from across the country, border areas and exile, leaders of ethnic armed groups, political parties, farmers, workers, and civil society representatives from different areas of the country as well as from exile attending the ceremony. After two days of open and lively discussions and deliberations on this special event initiated by 88 Generation Peace and Open Society and organized by various 88 generation and young generation activist groups, a crowd of 20,000 people quickly filled up the hall in the morning of 8 August and spilled out into the entrance of the hall to watch the event on a live television screen. Everyone remembers and, for the new generation, wants to remember the historical movement for democracy 25 years ago and the military regime’s brutal crackdown on countrywide mass demonstrations that killed as many as 3,000 peaceful protesters […]

August 12, 2013 | Tags: , , , | Read more >>

As Myanmar Opens Up, A Look Back On A 1988 Uprising

[Audio] Until two years ago, Myanmar, also known as Burma, was ruled by the longest-running military dictatorship in the world. In 2010, the military began to loosen its grip on the country, increasing civil freedoms and offering some political and economic opportunity for citizens.

But some are wondering whether the country can truly transition to democracy if it fails to reconcile with its brutal past […]

August 8, 2013 | Tags: , | Read more >>

Thein Sein Should Come Clean On Role In Crushing 88 Uprising

On the 25th anniversary of the pro-democracy uprising in 1988, Burma Campaign UK is calling on President Thein Sein to reveal the exact role he played in suppressing the uprising. Thousands of students and protestors died when the military and security forces crushed the uprising […]

August 7, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , | Read more >>

Burma: Justice for 1988 Massacres

Burma’s President Thein Sein should commit to an independent investigation and fair prosecutions of officials and commanders responsible for the mass killings of pro-democracy protesters 25 years ago. Burma’s friends and donors should make clear that genuine reform in Burma means ensuring justice for victims of the 1988 massacres and other serious human rights violations […]

August 6, 2013 | Tags: , , , | Read more >>

Letter of support for Burma on 8888 Anniversary from Belarusian Association of Journalists

Dear colleagues and friends,

I am writing to you on behalf of the Belarusian Association of Journalists, an independent organization of media professionals from Belarus. Today, when the world commemorates an anniversary of the 8.8.88 Uprising in Burma, I would like to address you on behalf of my association and all the people in my country, who struggle for democracy, with sincere words of solidarity and support.

We all know that despite courage and aspiration of free-thinking people, tyranny and dictatorship are still present in the world. Unfortunately, both our countries, your Burma and our Belarus, know from their own experience what is the price to pay for democracy and freedom. Fortunately, though, both Burma and Belarus have courageous and determined people, who are ready to pay this price to see their countries joining a family of free and democratic nations of the world […]

August 9, 2011 | Tags: , , | Read more >>

The Spirit of the 1988 Uprising Lives On – Activists Call for UN Commission of Inquiry

Twenty-three years after the 8 August 1988 nationwide people’ s uprising, groups inside Burma and around the world hosted events that demonstrated that the desire for freedom remains as strong today as it was in 1988. On that fateful day in 1988, hundreds of thousands of people, young and old, men and women, from all walks of life and a range of ethnic groups, took to the streets as part of a student led movement for democracy. Burma’s military regime, headed by General Ne Win, sensed a profound threat to its grip on power and cracked down hard on the protesters, killing at least 3,000 and imprisoning and torturing many thousands more […]

August 8, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , | Read more >>