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The 8888 Uprising

8888 Uprising. (n.d) Retrieved July 25, 2008, from Wikipedia:

Presented by Ko Thein Lwin and Phone Kyaw (Democratic Party For a New Soceity-DPNS)
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Organizing Committee's statement on 20th anniversary 8888
Our 8888 popular uprising turns 20th anniversary today.
This popular uprising shook the world with slogans of 'Abolishing one-party rule', 'Exercising genuine multi-party
democracy' by the all walks of life in Burma to regain democracy and equality which were totally deprived
under the 'Burma Socialist Programme Party' (BSPP) one-party dictatorial rule.
Despite of merciless killing and brutal crackdown unleashed by BSPP military clique led by dictator U Ne Win,
the people from all walks of life, all ethnic people could bravely and harmoniously topple and abolish this one-
party dictatorial rule. Out of this popular uprising, the regime had to allow the existence of political parties and
hold the multi-party general election in May, 1990. Thus the 1990 election result is the fruit of this uprising by
sacrificing a lot of lives, blood and sweat.
During these 20 years, our country faced unprecedented crises in all fronts: politics, economics, social,
education, health etc. Moreover we have seen the severe split and factional struggle in the military
establishment and military clique.
We hereby salute the countless martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the battlefield, in prisons and on the streets
in these glorious struggles of national freedom, democratic struggle and during these 20 years' period for the
great cause of sweeping abolishment of military dictatorship.
At the same time, we hereby solemnly vow and pledge to continue the unfinished tasks of the fallen martyrs to
completely abolish military dictatorship, establishing democratic system and genuine federal union
unswervingly, relentlessly and resolutely.
The immediate task for all of us at home and abroad is to join hands altogether in complete unity and harmony
to strike against the 'State Constitution' as the main target in our struggle of the complete abolishment of
military dictatorship.
Hence all the pro-democracy forces at home and abroad shall build unbreakable solidarity and unity among us
in consideration of bitter experiences that we have had during these long 20 years.
Only after this, we can fight against (SLORC, SPDC- military regime) military dictatorship completely.
We urge and remind UN and the family of nations not to recognize the State Constitution approved by the junta
specially designed to prolong their dictatorial rule and military supremacy with national referendum by taking
advantage of devastating natural disaster that hit Burma. And also we would like to urge the UN and
international community to boycott all the steps taken by the junta under the framework of this constitution.
Moreover we profoundly urge the international community to push and press the junta to enter national
reconciliation process through dialogue which is the sole solution and outlet for the current political impasse.
To make this national reconciliation process success, the SPDC (military regime) must release all political
prisoners including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi who is under house arrest.
Uphold 8888 spirit firmly!
Our pro-democracy movement shall certainly win!
Organizing Committee of 20th Anniversary 8888 Uprising
Australia Karen Organization(Western Australia)
Democratic Party For a New Society
National League For Democracy (Liberated Area) WA
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National Unity Party NUP
The National Unity Party (Burmese
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Silonenyinyutye) is a political party in
Burma (Myanmar). It was formed by the
military junta as well as members of the
Burma Socialist Programme Party to
take part at the legislative elections of
27 May 1990.

Hon. John Hyde

John was Born on the 13th of October 1957, in Hamilton, Victoria. He first arrived in
Western Australia in 1961.
John holds a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism, Politics and Literature) from Deakin
University, and a Diploma of Education from Murdoch University.
He was sworn in as Parliamentary Secretary to the Attorney-General, Minister for
Health and Electoral Affairs on Mayday, 2007.
He was re-elected as the Member for Perth with a 12 per cent majority in February
2005, as part of the Labor Government. He was previously Mayor of the inner-city
Town of Vincent, President of WA's Local Government Association and vice-president
of the Australian Local Government Association.
John was the inaugural Chairman of the North Perth Community Bank and patron of a
variety of sporting and charity groups within the Perth electorate.
In Government, John is working closely on the Northbridge Renewal and East Perth
redevelopment projects. John is the Premier's and Government's representative on
the Office of Crime Prevention. He also chairs the Proceeds of Crime Committee,
diverting forfeited funds from criminal activity into community and victims of crime
John remains a big supporter of affordable housing projects within Perth and
environmental action groups in his electorate. John chairs the working group
recommending a best practice Container Deposit System, to boost recycling in WA.
John is working hard to ensure the $42m upgrade of Mt Lawley Senior High School
runs smoothly and is looking at opportunities for local primary schools.
As Australia's first openly gay MLA, John fully supports Labor's anti-discrimination
legislation to bring equality to gay, lesbian and transgender West Australians.
Hon. Margaret Quirk
 Margaret Mary Quirk is a current Australian Labor Party
MP serving the role of Minister for Corrective Services;
Small Business; Minister Assisting the Minister for Federal-
State Relations in the state of Western Australia. She is the
current Member for Girrawheen.
She went to school in Western Australia, and completed her
studies at the University of Adelaide (1981) and Murdoch
University (2002).
She was elected as the member for Girrawheen in 2001 and
served as Government Whip and was Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister for Police, Emergency Services
and Justice. During her second term in office she was
appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier.
As Corrective Services Minister, Quirk received wide
criticism in 2007 for her initial refusal to grant convicted
heroin trafficker Holly Deane-Johns the opportunity to a
prisoner exchange arrangement with Thailand.[1] The
decision was later rescinded, and Deane-Johns arrived back
in Australia on 7 December 2007.[2]
Hon. Ray Halligan (MLC)
 Ray Halligan
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 Ray Halligan (born 23 August 1939) is an Australian politician.
 Halligan was born in Sydney in 1939. He attended Woy Woy High School, in the New
South Wales Central Coast town of Woy Woy.
 In 1968, Halligan was awarded his Accountancy Certificate, and began to practice as
an accountant. Working in Papua New Guinea for a time, Halligan was employed with
the Papua New Guinea Development Bank, as well as private companies in the
country. For a time he was Chief Accountant for the Nauru Phosphate Corporation.
Halligan is a member of the National Institute of Accountants.
 Halligan was elected to the Western Australian Legislative Council in 1997 for the
Liberal Party of Australia, as the member for the North Metropolitan Region. He was
elected at a by-election, after the previous member, Ross Lightfoot, was appointed to
the Australian Senate to fill a casual vacancy.
 From 9 March to 31 December 2001, Halligan was the Shadow Minister for Local
Government. From 1 January 2002 to 20 March 2005, he was the Shadow Minister for
three portfolios: Housing, Works and Services and Citizenship and Multicultural
Affairs. Since 20 March 2005, he has been the Shadow Minister for Citizenship and
Multicultural Affairs only.
 Since 24 May 2005, Halligan has been the Deputy Chairman of Committees for the
Parliament of Western Australia. He is the Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing
Committees on the Corruption & Crime Commission and on Delegated Legislation,
and in the past has been a member of the Standing Committee on Constitutional
Affairs. Halligan is the secretary for the parliamentary wing of the Liberal Party in
Western Australia.
 Halligan is a member of a number of political and community organisations, including
Australians for Constitutional Monarchy and Australian National Flag Association.
Hon. Giz Watson (MLC)
 Giz Watson is renowned as an energetic and passionate
community and political activist. Her interest in ecology, peace
and social justice led to her involvement in numerous community
groups working on coastal and marine issues, urban bushland,
community housing, women’s rights and opposition to the arms
 Giz was educated in England and Australia. She graduated with a
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Murdoch
University in 1981. In 1984 she successfully completed a Trade
Certificate in carpentry and joinery at the City & Guilds of London.
In 1992 she became one of only three women registered builders
in Western Australia and ran her own building business for 12
 Giz Watson was elected as a Greens WA representative to the
Legislative Council for the North Metropolitan Region in 1997 and
re-elected in 2001 and 2005. Giz currently serves on two Standing
Committees: as Chair of the Estimates and Financial Operations
Committee and Deputy Chair of the Legislation Committee. Since
her election in 1997, Giz has been responsible for many portfolios
including health, education, housing, women’s issues, lesbian and
gay law reform, fisheries and justice. 
Dr Nancy Hudson-
Dr Nancy was born and raised in Canada with a Bachelor of Arts
(geography) from Carleton University, Ottawa, a Master of
Science (geography) Universite de Sherbrooke (Quebec) and PhD
(geography) from Universite d'Ottawa. She came to Australia to
teach at Edith Cowan University in 1991 and have conducted
human rights research on contemporary life in Burma under
military rule for over a decade. Her latest research work was
Arbitrary Confiscation of Farmers' Land by the State Peace and
Development Council (SPDC) Military Regime of Burma conducted
(March 2008) with Sein Htay, researcher, The Burma Fund,
National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma,

She was president of the United Nations Association Australia
(Western Australian Branch) 2002-4 and am currently an
Honorary Research Fellow (Human Geography) Edith Cowan

Her most recent publications include: 'Not a rice-eating robot'
Freedom to speak in Burma, 2008, Chapter 6 In Political Regimes
and the Media in Asia, Routledge and Arbitrary Confiscation of
Farmers' Land by the State Peace and Development Council
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Mr. Kyaw Win
 He was born on October 1 1945 in Pegu Division. He
completed high school in 1970. He was appointed as an
executive committee member for local council in his
hometown during 1973-1974. He was sent to prison for 7
years due to contacts with opposition groups after so called
Crisis of U Thant, who was a UN Secretary General. In 1980
he was released. Again, Due to coperation with the Karen
National Union-KNU, he was arrested by military
intelligence in 1986 for two years. And then he was
released in 1988. During 8888 Uprising he became a leader
of committee for 8888 Uprising in his town. After the
military coup in September 1988 he escaped to the Karen
National Union’s controlled area. He was a coordinator of
organizing for area of Naunglaypin until he left to Australia
in November 8 2007. He recently elected as the
Chairperson of Australian Karen Organization (WA).
Mr. Ramdas Sankaran
 Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Multicultural Services
Centre, Perth.

 Currently, working and manage the Centre which has 64
staff and several million dollars annual turnover.

 The President of Ethnic Communities Council of WA.

 Post graduate dip In Social Serv [Medical & Psychiatric
Socail Work] , Madras School of Social work
[Studying/Currently] , Egmore Madras.
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The 8888 Uprising

8888 Uprising. (n.d) Retrieved July 25, 2008, from Wikipedia:

Presented by Ko Thein Lwin and Phone Kyaw (Democratic Party For a New Soceity-DPNS)
The 8888 Uprising was a national revolution in Burma

(Myanmar) demanding democracy in 1988.
The uprising began on August 8, 1988, and from this date (8-
8-88), it is known as the "8888 Uprising".
University students began demonstrations in
Yangon (Rangoon), which spread throughout the

The uprising ended on September 18, after a bloody military

coup by the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC).
Thousands, mostly Buddhist monks and civilians (primarily
students) were slaughtered by the Tatmadaw (armed forces).
Before the crisis, Burma had been ruled by the
repressive and isolated regime of General Ne Win

since 1962.
In November 1985, students gathered and boycotted the
government's decision to withdraw Burmese local currency

In September 1987, Ne Win announced the withdrawal of the
newly-replaced currency notes, 75, 35 and 25 kyats, leaving
only 45 and 90 kyat notes, apparently because only the latter
two are numbers divisible by 9, considered lucky by Ne Win.

25 Kyats

35 Kyats

75 Kyats
Following that decision, students at Rangoon
Institute of Technology (YTU, now called Yangon
Technological University) protested on campus.
In response, the military killed a student activist,
Phone Maw, in front of the YTU's main building. This
killing led to a large protest that paved the way
towards the uprising, starting on August 8, 1988.

Phone Maw

The students were quickly joined by Burmese citizens
from all walks of life, including government workers,
Buddhist monks, Tatmadaw, customs officers, teachers

and hospital staff.
These peaceful demonstrations in the streets of Rangoon
spread to other states' capitals. Ne Win ordered that, "Guns
were not to shoot upwards," meaning that he was ordering the
military to shoot directly at the demonstrators.
The student leaders promoted a set of ten demands for the
restoration of a democratic government in Burma. The Ne Win
government fell and the military imposed martial law, giving
absolute power to General Saw Maung, in order to quash the

Gen-Saw Maung Snr Gen Than Shwe
It is estimated the military slaughtered over 3,000 civilians,
including students and Buddhist monks. The military
government says the death toll was only a few.
During the crisis, Aung San Suu
Kyi emerged as a national icon.
After the 8888 Uprising, another series of demonstrations took
place, which were all suppressed by military force.
Today, the uprising is remembered and honoured by many
Burmese expatriates and citizens alike.

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The 8888 Uprising

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Presented by Ko Thein Lwin and Phone Kyaw (Democratic Party For a New Soceity-DPNS)
Mr. Keith Allmark
 The Chairman of the Tribal Refugee Welfare of W.A. Inc.
 The Voice President and Welfare Officer for the Burmese
Association of Western Australia Inc. for over twenty years.
 A founder and Vice President of Burmese Association of
W.A. Inc.
 Keith was also nominee for the Citizen of the Year Award for
 An Organization Representative Committee Member for
Northern Suburbs Migrant Resource Centre.
 An Advisor of Ethnic National League of Burma W.A. Inc.
 An Advisor of Australia Karen Organization of W.A. Inc.
 The Burmese Association of WA Inc. has awarded Keith with
Certificate of Appreciation for making an outstanding
contribution as a Volunteer in the State of Western
 Keith was recognized in his efforts and was presented with
an Award “ In recognition of Your achievement and
contribution of Western Australia” by the Department of the
Premier and Cabinet in 2005.
The 8888 Uprising

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Dr Myo Nyunt
 Dr. Myo Nyunt,B.A (Hons). ( Rangoon ), M.S, Ph.D. ( Wisconsin ), was   Lecturer of
Economics in Rangoon University from 1966 to 1979. He hasdone various studies on
village economy, rural and agriculturaldevelopment and has also served as resource
specialist for the AgriculturalPrice Commission, Ministry of Trade in Burma . He went
into developmentpractice in 1979 starting with Rural Development Corporation in
Sabah , Malaysia for four years. He was also appointed as Principal Economist,
Provincial andArea Development Planning and later Assistant Secretary for
EconomicPlanning and Policy at the Ministry of Finance and Planning in Papua New
Guinea from 1983 to 1990. 
 Migrated to Australia in 1989 and  worked at the Department ofHealth in Western
Australia as a health policy analyst in 1990 and 1991. Since  1994, worked as  
researcher analystof political economy of change and democratic transformation in
Burma .Contributed in promoting and sustaining the Burmese Democratic
Movement’s continuingstruggle against the SPDC   military dictatorship. In
1996,together with Dr Nancy Hudson Rodd, Center for Development Studies, Edith
Cowan University , Australia ,founded the Burma Studies Group, Perth , Western
Australia .  Lecturedin Development Studies/Asia Pacific Geography at Edith
CowanUniversity and Notre Dame University .
  From 1996 till present, adviser to theDemocratic Party for New Society,    member
the  TechnicalAdvisory Net Work- Burma Fund, of the  National Coalition Government
ofThe Union of Burma, and  member of the Democracy for Burma Action Group(WA).
 Contributing Author, Economic Development of Burma, Astrategy and Vision (2000).
Published papers jointly with Dr Nancy Hudson Rodd, Edith Cowan University on,
Militarization in Burma ,  Property Rights in Land and Agricultural Transformation,
Land Control andPolicy in Burma etc
The Struggle Continues: Burma: Politics of Identity, Difference,
Recognition and Representation.

What others say, think and tell us, what they can do or  cannot do, or are
deciding ,doing and acting for Burmese peoples freedom or “the Second
Independence” , does not matter  . To the 88 Generation Students and
Democratic Party for A New Society (Burma), DPNS and me, the above
wishes and desires of others we appreciate but is not of the  utmost 
political priority. Most of us  who have survived and living are still
"working on" to continue the struggle against the oppression and
domination of the SPDC  military regime in Burma.
Believing and  working on "the political" as the "art of the possible", at the
present juncture of Burmese politics I consider that within the next  two
years, the  "political moment" in Burma, will define the  "dynamics of
political settlement". 
Our objectives are explicit.
The Burmese people are our true mothers and fathers
Only people’s power can remove military dictatorship and the fascist
SPDC regime
Politics  is a ongoing  set routine that the  SLORC/SPDC the illegitimate
military state and clique (social status class) has delineated. To  Burmese
democrats the definitions and the limits that  the  "military fascists", the
SPDC state, and the military status class  as a  organisational entity has
continuosly imposed and   forced on the  Burmese population through 
total exclusion of the majority of the Burmese people , since 1959, is  not
acceptable any more.  A  "revolution in the revolution" by the Burmese
Myanmar/Burma is still in the making. We, the Burmese will do it-- the 
political task is the duty and obligation of active participation in the  the
political act-- the  struggle  and actions by individuals, groups and party(s)
in the process of de-legitimisation the SPDC military regime. By doing
what one is  proficient in and capable of, starting from today,  through
political solidarity, is every Burmese political will. The end point is
"political system change" in Burma from military dictatorship to
democracy in Burma.
WE all commit ourselves and pledge that its now to bring about  the
"meeting of minds" and of “mind and hearts”.. How?-- it can be realised
only when all Burmese try to agree on what we disagree on, and what is
"the priority" for  the  majority of the still suffering Burmese, both in the 
diaspora and  in Burma, now.
As  a  activist , still involved in the political struggle for Democracy in
Burma, I totally endorse what 88 Generation Students,, the Democratic
Party for New Society (Burma), Democracy for Burma (Australia), Ko Soe
Win and other comrades still on the path, and struggling towards on the
path to Freedom and Democracy for the Burmese people-----. have
“willed” and acting continuosly on. We have the  will and now the
capability and experience to achieve -- a second Independence  for
Burma and its people.
" Unity of purpose,diversity of action" is what we believe in and are
politically committed to..
Support the Burmese Democratic Movement to free the oppressed and to
stand for freedom,justice and human dignity in Burma. As Daw Aung San
Su Kyi has said,
The 8888 Uprising

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