Published on Wednesday, 08 August 2012 13:22
Photo shows the commemoration ceremony of the 8-8-88 Uprising in progress this morning at Taw Win Hninzi Restaurant in Yangon (Photo - 88 Generation Students Facebook page)
On Wednesday, ceremonies were held in major cities of Myanmar to commemorate the 24th anniversary of army crackdown on the anti-government uprising which took place on August 8 of 1988.
The top political dissidents, who played a major role in the uprising, organized the memorial ceremonies both in Yangon and Mandalay and the events were very significant in terms of Myanmar’s political progress because they were held for the very first time with the approval of the country’s rulers.
Photo show the commemoration ceremony of the 8-8-88 Uprising in progress this morning in Mandalay
(Photo - 88 Generation Students Facebook page)
Government ministers, U Aung Min and U Soe Thein, joined the event held in a Buddhist monastery in Mandalay and explained to Ko Min Ko Naing and U Ko Ko Gyi of 88 Generation Group that their participation was approved by the reformist President U Thein Sein himself.
The ministers, who have played a leading role in the recent ceasefire agreements with the armed ethnic minorities in the country, donated Kyat 200,000 to the monks at the event and one million Kyat to the 88 Generation Students Group that is formed with political dissidents who took part in the uprising.
During the event, the dissidents expressed a desire for the country’s national reconciliation and said in a statement that the recent political and economic reforms in Myanmar are results of the uprising which called for social justice and freedom but was brutally crackdown by the army.
A similar event was held this morning at Taw Win Hninzi Restaurant in downtown Yangon. Many people from different ethnic areas of the country joined both events which were held peacefully and faced no disturbances by the security officials.
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