Sagaing Massacre

   (August 8, 1988)
   At the beginning of the Four Eights Movement, several thousand demonstrators converged on a police station in Sagaing and were shot at by police and troops. Reportedly, 537 persons were killed (the official figure was 31), and witnesses report that police dumped many of the bodies into the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River. Outside of Rangoon (Yangon), the incident in Sagaing was probably the worst, in terms of casualties, to occur during Democracy Summer.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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