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Myanmar honors those killed in crackdown on anniversary

Thursday, August 08, 2013 - 01:33

Aug. 8 - Myanmar's pro-democracy leaders holds a ceremony to honor those lost in the military regime's crackdown on protesters 25 years ago. Nathan Frandino reports.

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25 years after Myanmar's infamous bloody crackdown, the country's pro-democracy leaders are mourning and celebrating the lives of the protesters. At least 3,000 university students, monks and young children were killed that day. Many more were arrested. Since the military government began opening a series of political and economic reforms, its people have begun to feel free to publicly remember those who were killed. Now the head of the National League for Democracy Party, Aung San Suu Kyi, says they must work toward building a united country. (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) AUNG SAN SUU KYI, NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR DEMOCRACY LEADER, SAYING: "In this 1988 memorial, we are all meeting here in unity to show good signs and well wishes for our country. But this is not enough -- doing this only once in a while. We have to keep building up our unity." Suu Kyi was among thousands to come out to the Myanmar Convention Center to participate in the anniversary. One member of the National Democratic Force Party, which took part in the 1988 uprising, says the country must forgive and move on. (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) KYAW THURA, MEMBER OF NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC FORCE PARTY, SAYING: "We can't build up national reconciliation and our country can't become a developed country if we always consider them (former military in the government) an enemy. We are willing to forgive and be tolerant." Prior to 2011, the military had banned all events promoting democracy.

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Myanmar honors those killed in crackdown on anniversary

Thursday, August 08, 2013 - 01:33