Four Eights (8.8.88) Movement

   The general strike that began early on the morning of August 8, 1988, seeking to force the resignation of Sein Lwin as chairman of the Burma Socialist Programme Party and president of Burma. Organized by student activists, it involved hundreds of thousands of ordinary citizens in street demonstrations in Rangoon (Yangon) and other cities. The demonstrators were peaceful and well disciplined but nevertheless were fired upon by the Tatmadaw in central Rangoon (near the Sule Pagoda and Town Hall) shortly before midnight. The choice of that date reflected the belief that eight is an inauspicious number for rulers; in the "three eights" year of the Burmese Era (888; 1526-1527 CE), Ava (Inwa) fell to the Shan (Tai) usurper, Thohanbwa, beginning an era of anarchy and destruction.

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