August 8, 1988 (8-8-88), young people in Burma launched massive
nationwide rallies against the military dictatorship that
ruled the country since a coup in 1962. Students, joined by
monks and men and women from all walks of life, marched in
the streets of Burma, calling for an end to military rule
and the establishment of a democratic government.
response was swift and brutal: it killed around 3,000 people,
mostly students and monks, and imprisoned thousands more.
The “8888 generation” has continued their brave
struggle for democracy from prison, in exile, and on the ground.
uprising was the spark for the creation of the National League
for Democracy. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi became the leader of the
new party and its members won the overwhelming majority of
seats in the 1990 parliamentary elections. But Burma’s
people were denied democratic reform when the military refused
to honor the results of the election. Since 1990, the NLD,
ethnic leaders, and other pro-democracy groups have continued
to press their agenda for democratic reform and national reconciliation.
years after 8-8-88, Burma’s people still struggle for
democracy and aspire to join the international community as
free citizens in a democratically ruled country. The courageous
efforts of monks and young people during the Saffron Revolution
are evidence of the peoples’ unwavering desire for freedom.
provides a brief overview of Burma’s democracy movement,
the state of Burma under the oppressive SPDC, its effect on
the region, and the solutions that the peoples of Burma have
been working on.
there is information on the actions that are needed to bring
genuine democratic reform and national reconciliation to Burma’s
people. After 20 years, Burma’s people still inspire
us all in their struggle for democracy.
forget, we won’t give up!