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Myanmar –  The ’88 Popular Uprising turns 32

The Irrawaddy Sat, Aug 8, 2020

A memorial for those who died during the ’88 Popular Uprising was held in downtown Yangon on Saturday—the 32nd anniversary of the uprising.

Also known as the “Four Eights Uprising” in reference to the mass protests on Aug. 8, 1988, the nationwide democracy movement—the largest popular upheaval in modern Myanmar history—toppled the then military-backed Socialist government.

 

However, the movement ended with a bloody military crackdown and takeover that paved the way for military rule until early 2011. Thousands of people were believed to be killed by the army’s indiscriminate shootings during the uprising.

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