PRESS INVITATION: 23rd Anniversary of 8888

August 7, 2011

Dear Friends,

Coming 8th August 2011 is the 23rd Anniversary of the Nationwide Popular Pro-Democracy Protests in Burma known as “8888 Uprising”.

The 8888 uprising was started by students in Rangoon on August 8, 1988. Student protests spread throughout the country. Hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life, including young school children, demonstrated against the regime and demanded to stop one-party authoritarian state and reform to multi-party democracy government.

The regime responded by military killings on un-armed peaceful demonstrators. Thousands of deaths and displacement have been attributed to the brutal military crack down during this uprising with more than 3000 people killed and about 2 lakhs of people displaced.

During the crisis, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi emerged as a national icon. When the military junta arranged general elections, her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), won 80% (392 out of 485) of the seats in the government. However, the military junta refused to recognize the results and placed Daw Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest.

Today, military controlled government still rules in Burma with civilian cloths. More than 2100 political prisoners including 8888 generation student leaders are being detained under harsh condition in different jails throughout the country, even though Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has been released on 13th November last year.

To commemorate the 23rd Anniversary of the popular 8888 Uprising in Burma and to demand the release of all political prisoners, including the 8888 generation students leaders who have been sentenced for 65 years imprisonment, India-based Burmese democracy activists will stage a mass protest rally in Delhi as per the schedule mentioned below.

Kindly send your reporter and photographer to cover the event.

Thank you.

India-based Burmese democracy activists

Schedule

Date: 8th August 2011 (Monday)

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Venue: Jantar Mantar, New Delhi

For more info please contact:

Burma Centre Delhi (BCD)

WZ 110-A, (1st Fl), Bodela,

Vikas Puri, New Delhi -110018, India

Ph: (O) +91-11-45660619

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www.burmacentredelhi.org