WE SALUTE ALL UNSUNG HEROES WHO HAVE SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES FOR OUR NON_VIOLENT STRUGGLE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, DEMOCRACY IN BURMA.
Around two dozen Special Branch police officers and regular Burmese police also stormed the headquarters of the 88 Generation Students group on Friday evening, looking for leaders of the ABFSU, 88 Student leader Ko Ko Gyi told RFA.”SB and police came to our office—about 20-25 of them. When I came to the office, I saw them in front of the building. They came to look for Kyaw Ko Ko,” he said.“They didn’t take anything from the office. They just said that they wanted to hold ‘a discussion with [ABFSU members] briefly.’ After about 40 minutes, they left.”Ko Ko Gyi and fellow 88 Generation Student leader Min Ko Naing criticized the arrests and vowed to hold their own ceremonies on Saturday to remember the students killed on July 7, 1962.“We will continue our work until only one of us is left,” Min Ko Naing said in a statement.“The act of detention during this transitional period is a threat for the country’s civil society.”
Student activists in at least three cities in Burma were taken into custody by local authorities on Friday to prevent them from going ahead with planned events to mark the 50th anniversary of a major crackdown on student protests by the country’s armed forces.
Sources said that around 14 activists were rounded up in Rangoon, Mandalay and Lashio, Shan State, on Friday night, and that security forces are on the alert today against protests to mark the killing of dozens of students by Burma’s former dictator Ne Win on July 7, 1962.
Ant Bwe Kyaw, a leader of the 88 Generation Students group, said that the detained activists in Rangoon, including De Nyein Linn, Sithu Maung, Phyo Phyo Aung and Ye Myat Hein, were released at around 11 am on Saturday. It was not clear, however, if the activists in Mandalay and Lashio have also been freed. Continue reading “Burma: 50 th 7July Memorial Day helds 88 Students Office-video Activists Detained Ahead of July 7 Anniversary”