Student Demonstrations

   The year 1996 witnessed the largest student demonstrations in Rangoon (Yangon) since the Democracy Summer of 1988. In October 1996, a fight between students of Rangoon (Yangon) Institute of Technology and the auxiliary police resulted in arrests of the former. Although they were released, other students were detained for protesting against police brutality; this inspired demonstrations in early December. In the evening of December 6, some 1,000 students (with thousands of people looking on) held a protest at Hledan Junction near Rangoon (Yangon) University, demanding, among other things, reestablishment of the students' union. In the early morning of December 7, the couple of hundred students remaining at the junction were attacked by troops and Riot Police wielding fire hoses. The leaders were arrested, but "hit-and-run" protests continued. The 1996 demonstrations convinced the State Law and Order Restoration Council to keep universities closed during most of the remainder of the 1990s and to reorganize colleges and universities to prevent student activism.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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