30th anniversary memorial for Ko Phone Maw, Ko Soe Naing

People pay tribute to the fallen students in 1988. Photo: Zaw Gyi
People pay tribute to the fallen students in 1988. Photo: Zaw Gyi

By Zaw Gyi

The 30th anniversary memorial for Ko Phone Maw and Ko Soe Naing was held at Yangon Institute of Technology in Insein Township, Yangon, yesterday morning.
At 8.30 am in the blood-stained star market place where Ko Phone Maw fell, representatives of the Students’ Union, Yangon Institute of Technology students, former students, families of the deceased and members of political organisations laid a wreath, paid their respects, offered “soon” and offerings to the 30 Sanghas, and then took the five precepts.
The event was led by the Yangon Technology Institute students’ union to create an enthusiasm among the youth towards establishing a peaceful country and to remember a true historical event.
The previous events were led by a committee of former students, and it was held for the first time in the compound of Yangon Institute of Technology on the 29th anniversary. The Yangon Institute of Technology students’ union is holding the event for the first time.
U Ko Ko Gyi, who established a political party, spoke about his experience of meeting comrades who fought together 30 years ago. This is an event where the historical baton of the fight against injustice has been passed on to the new generation students, he said. To prevent such a tragic incident from occurring again, a government that can guarantee democracy and a democratic order needs to be established, said U Ko Ko Gyi.
A photographic record of the event, as described in the union news journals and the foreign media at the time, was displayed during the ceremony.

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