14th Anniversary Commemoration of 8-8-88 Uprising in Burma
What happened 14 years ago on August 8, 1988?
Thousands of people in Burma sacrificed their lives, demanding peace
In 1962, after 14 years of democracy, a group of army generals staged
a military coup, installed a new government dominated by the military
and eradicated all traces of democracy in Burma. There was only one
party, called the Burma Socialist Party and no other political parties
were allowed. Since then, Burma has been isolated from the world
communities. The military controlled every aspect of Burmese life,
including the media, education and the economy. Throughout the next
26 years, periodic protests and bursts of ethnic insurgency were
easily subdued by the army.
Finally in August 1988, due to continued political oppression and
economic hardships, Burma erupted with "People's Power"
street demonstrations. The nation-wide uprising, on August 8, was
brutally gunned down by army troops, killing thousands of unarmed
demonstrators, including school children, pregnant women and Buddhist
For all of us, August will always be remembered as a month of bloodshed
and crushed hopes. For it was in August 1988 that literally millions of
Burmese from every walk of life joined to demand and end to military
dictatorship, only to be gunned down in untold numbers throughout