Aung Gyi, Letters of

   Four letters written by retired Brigadier Aung Gyi, an original member of the Revolutionary Council, to Burma Socialist Programme Party (BSPP) Chairman Ne Win in July 1987 and March, May, and June 1988. They had a tremendous impact on public opinion because of his outspoken criticism of the BSPP regime. The first two dealt largely with economic reform, the third discussed his and Ne Win's role in Burmese history, and the fourth and most influential, dated June 8, described the brutality of the Riot Police (Lon Htein), including a detailed description of the March 16, 1988 White Bridge Incident. Aung Gyi attempted to persuade Ne Win, to whom he was deeply loyal, to repudiate hard-liners such as Sein Lwin and their human rights abuses. The letters, especially the one from June 8, were photocopied and circulated widely among the public.
   See also Democracy Summer.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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