Marking the 30th anniversary of the nationwide uprising, former students and individuals who occupied the streets Yangon to show their defiance against oppressive military regime in 1988, continued the dialogue on Tuesday about the political transition of Myanmar to a fully democratic state.
The event, which started on Monday, is concluding today at Yangon University, a place where an undetermined number of students were shot dead for protesting to end the tyrannical military junta.
The participants of the forum are expected to come up with a collection of views from different individuals, which the event organizing committee said would be sent to the government as an advice on how to move forward in attaining the still unachieved goals of the historic uprising.
During the dialogues, participants shared what they have observed during the 30 years of journey to democracy while they contemplated what should the future federal union looks like, amid the ongoing internal conflicts deeply rooted from inequality among ethnic groups.
The participants are also tasked to discuss the military’s involvement in politics.
“The current political situation has yet reached to the situation that we demanded in the 8888 Uprising. Federal union which ethnics have always longed for is still far away. That is why, on this occasion of 30th anniversary, we assume that we need to review the past 30 years,” U Mya Aye, one of 88 generation student leaders, said in the opening ceremony on Monday.
He argued that today’s political landscape happened due to the struggle the whole nation took in 1988.
Lawmakers from NLD, political activists and civil society groups also joined the ongoing three-day commemoration.
Despite being invited, President U Win Myint and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi could not attend the event. The political career of the two incumbent heads of state originated from the 8888 Uprising after which the ruling NLD party was formed.