Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Life

Burma ’88: Buried History

University students protest the military dictatorship in Burma, August 8, 1988

On August 8, 1988 — a date chosen for its numerological power — university students sparked an uprising against the military dictatorship. They had been living under military rule their entire lives. And they had had enough. The uprising ultimately failed, but it planted the seeds of democracy. It was the moment Aung San Suu Kyi first appeared on the political scene, and became the icon of the democracy movement.

Today on the podcast: we take you back to the summer of 1988, a moment in Burma when change seemed possible.

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