Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Rangoon Students Launch 8.8.88 Pamphlet Campaign

The Irrawaddy News

University students in Rangoon have launched an anti-government pamphlet and poster campaign ahead of the 20th anniversary on August 8 of the 1988 uprising.

Students at Rangoon’s Dagon University have also written to its rector and vice-rector asking them to participate in protest actions in commemoration of the uprising, an assistant lecturer told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday.

Security appeared to have been tightened in Rangoon universities, the assistant lecturer said. “It seems that the government doesn’t want another pro-democracy protest like September’s monks-led uprising.”

Former student activists said they plan to wear black on August 8 in memory of up to 3,000 protesters, including monks, who died when troops and police cracked down brutally on the mass demonstrations.

A former student activist said prayers would be held at temples and offerings of food made to the monks.

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