December 16, 2016

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Early struggle for democracy remembered in Yangon, Mandalay

People commemorate the 28th Anniversary ‘8888’ Democracy Movement in Yangon. Photo: Zaw Min Latt
People commemorate the 28th Anniversary ‘8888’ Democracy Movement in Yangon. Photo: Zaw Min Latt

Commemorative ceremonies for the 28th Anniversary ‘8888’ Democracy Movement took place at Mahabandoola Park in front of the City Hall in Yangon and Dhammasala Hall in Mandalay yesterday.
“We are here to honor all those who laid down their lives for the country’s struggle for democracy, which is remembered today,” said U Min Ko Naing of the Peace and Open Society.
Activists, student unions, civil society organizations and interfaith groups read out messages, shared accomplishments and laid wreaths at the entrance to Mahabandoola Park at the ceremony.
In the afternoon, cutouts of the number 8 were laid across the floor at the park in commemoration of the fallen heroes of the ‘8888’ uprising. Likewise, a similar ceremony was held in Mandalay, with activists and various organizations offering provisions to the monks, reading out commemorative messages on the 28th Anniversary ‘8888’ Democracy Movement and holding political talks.
Although full representative government has not been realized in Myanmar, democracy is on track, said U Min Htet Nyein Chan, who acted as MC at the commemorative ceremony in Mandalay.

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