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August 09, 2018

People commemorate 8888 Uprising 30th anniversary in Yangon

People look the display photos of 1988 uprising at the gallery to mark the 30th anniversary of the 8888 uprising in Yangon yesterday. Photo: Pe Zaw

The University of Yangon was crowded with students, monks and people yesterday, as the last day of the 3-day event celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 8888 Uprising was held in the university’s premises and recreation centre.
A group of cyclists pedaled from Zigone Township in Bago Region into the university premises, in honor to the 8888 Uprising, bringing some more liveliness to yesterday’s ceremony.
“The struggle for democracy hasn’t slowed down. We all have hope as it is still in momentum. A brief summary of the results from the political talks during the 30th anniversary event indicate that we will continue the fight for democracy. We will march on.
This is a real beneficial event,” said U Nyan Win, central executive committee secretariat member of the National League for Democracy.
Ko Htike, a former political prisoner who took part in the bicycle tour from Zigone to Yangon also said, “We took the 130-mile bike tour of 130 mils from Zigone to Yangon University which was never allowed to celebrate the 8888 Uprising in its campus, and is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 8888 Uprising as its first time, as well as to pay respect to our fallen comrades during the uprising. Our main purpose is to honor the 30th anniversary.
Our nation needs unity and solidarity. I want everyone to be united.” Ma Htet Htet Win Naing from the University of West Yangon said she feels like she understands the history of the 8888 Uprising more after seeing its portrayals in the exhibitions.

U Min Ko Naing delivers the speech at the commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the 8888 Uprising in Yangon yesterday. Photo: Pe Zaw

Like Ma Htet Htet Win Naing, there were a lot of new generation youths who took part in the ceremony.
The sight of flags bearing the peacock symbol finally dotting the university’s walls after thirty years makes the 30th anniversary of the 8888 Uprising all the more
memorable.
Similarly, in the morning, the ceremony of libation, sharing merits and laying wreath for the fallen persons who fought for peace, human right and democracy during the uprisings, was also held near Yangon City Hall, in front of Maha Bandoola Park.
In the afternoon, the pearl jubilee of 8888 Uprising’s historic song “Kaba Ma Kyei Bu” was held at the Goethe Institut in Bahan Township, Yangon.
Various areas of Yangon City also saw many jubilated celebrations in honor of the 30th anniversary of the 8888 Uprising.

 

By Zaw Gyi

 

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