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Aug 9, 2008

8-8-88: Burma's Pro-Democratic Uprising and the Atrocities That Followed

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Twenty years ago today the military dictatorship which continues to rule Burma brutally crushed a pro-democracy uprising known as "8-8-88" – killing an estimated 3,000 people in 6 weeks. Leaders of that 1988 student-led uprising have been imprisoned since last summer's widespread civic disturbances along with more than 1,000 other long term political prisoners including the opposition's National League for Democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace laureate who remains under house arrest on the orders of leader General Than Shwe. On this anniversary of the Burmese Uprising, FSRN will travel to Thailand - where the largest number of Burmese refugees are located and hear from survivors of the massacre. Then we'll go to Berkeley, CA, home to many Burmese who also fled the violence. First, from Bangkok, Claudia Cragg reports.

Click here for newscast for Friday, August 8th, 2008 for the story which follows from Africa Jones in Berkeley, CA.