Burmese pro-democracy activitists around the world have marked the 16th anniversary of the 1988 uprising in Burma that caused the loss of lives of hundreds of people, including students, monks and civilians.
Burmese activists in the Washington, D.C. area have gathered at a ceremony in Maryland on August 7 to honor and pray for those who sacrificed their lives in 1988 democracy movement.
Among the fifty activist attendees were Dr. Sein Win, Prime Minister of the exile Burmese government, called the National Coalition of the Union of Burma (NCGUB), and parliament members elected in 1990.
Participants called for the Burmese military junta to release pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is still under house arrest. Despite mounting international pressure for her release since Suu Kyi's 60th birthday in June, the regime shows no sign to release her anytime soon.