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8888 Uprising, 20 Years Later

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8888 Uprising, 20 Years Later

Burmese Soldiers Deploy during 8/8/88 Uprising

Twenty years ago in Burma , students and Buddhist monks began a popular uprising against the repressive military junta. It started with peaceful protests against the killing of student activists. The protests grew to include all segments of Burmese civil society.

It's commonly known as the 8-8-88 uprising. As protests grew, the military regime continued killing peaceful demonstrators. The ruling Junta declared martial law — and over 3,000 civilians are estimated to have been killed during the uprising.

We'll hear in moment from Nora Rowley, she's a human rights physician. Rowley worked in a restricted area of Buma and is a member of the U.S. Campaign for Burma .

But now, let's hear some of the story of Aung Htwe. He was a student at Rangoon University during the 1988 uprising. He spent four years in Burmese prisons. He told Jerome about events 20 years ago in Rangoon...

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