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Activists Mark 18th Anniversary of Pro-Democracy Uprising in Burma


Hundreds of political activists have gathered in Burma to mark the 18th anniversary of bloody pro-democracy uprisings.

At least 200 people, including many who participated in the 1988 protests, joined the ceremony in Rangoon today-Tuesday.

They paid respect to the thousands of unarmed demonstrators who were killed or injured when troops fired into a crowd of students and Buddhist monks demanding an end to the country's military dictatorship.

After the crackdown a new group of generals seized power in Burma. They have been in control of the government since 1988, refusing to recognize the 1990 election victory of the opposition National League for Democracy.

Protesters today said they still want democracy in the southeast Asian country. The government says it is committed to bringing democracy to Burma, but that the process must be slow to avoid collapse of the multi-ethnic state.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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