We are posting a rough-cut from our documentary to commemorate the 19th anniversary of 8-8-88 (August 8, 1988), when Burmese college students and teachers led millions of their compatriots nationwide in peaceful demonstrations against the brutal military regime in power. On that day and in the weeks that followed, the military killed or drove into exile thousands of students, teachers, and other peaceful protestors.
The National League for Democracy (NLD), a political party, was formed to work for a political solution and won a landslide election in 1990. But the regime has never allowed it to take its rightful place in power. Instead, its leader, the brave and beautiful Aung San Suu Kyi (Ohhg-Sahng-Soo-Chee), and many of her fellow activists have been incarcerated or killed. Aung San Suu Kyi, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, has spent most of the years since then in prison or under house arrest. Most recently she has spent four years under house arrest with little contact with the outside world.
Meantime, the Burmese military regime continues to use rape, forced labor (slavery), child conscription into the military, “cleansing” of ethnic minorities, the burning of entire villages, extrajudicial imprisonment, and torture as official means of “keeping the peace.”
The world community seems impotent to deal with this arrogant, dangerous regime. The United States and other countries have imposed sanctions; the United Nations and other international bodies have passed numerous resolutions calling for the freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi and the liberation of the Burmese people, but the regime just laughs in everybody’s face. Because China and Russia refuse to allow the UN Security Council to even discuss Burma, this brave woman and her fellow Burmese continue to suffer.
To learn more, visit www.uscampaignforburma.org or www.icfab.org
(The International Campaign for Freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi & Burma)