September 29, 1988 |
"We have to take this step by step," Aung San Suu Kyi said, explaining the fragile condition of the Burmese opposition, which just two weeks ago appeared to have a despotic government on the run. At that time, Aung San Suu Kyi--the daughter of a Burmese independence leader--and two former generals, each with a separate following, were rejecting a civilian president's promise of democratic elections. No deal, they said, unless the vote is carried out under a nonpartisan interim regime.
September 25, 1988 |
A U.N. relief agency said Saturday that it will airlift 82 tons of emergency medical supplies to Burma, where hospitals are struggling to cope with the casualty toll from a military crackdown on the opposition. A spokesman for the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) said $1 million worth of drugs and essential hospital equipment will be flown to Bangkok from Copenhagen on Tuesday for transshipment to Rangoon.
September 24, 1988 |
Three opposition leaders declared Friday that they will form a united front to oppose the military government of Gen. Saw Maung, which took power last weekend. The announcement marked the first formal attempt by Aung Gyi, Tin Oo and Aung San Suu Kyi to unite the numerous student, worker and other groups seeking an end to 26 years of autocratic military rule and ruinous economic policies.
September 22, 1988 |
Gen. Saw Maung on Wednesday became Burma's fourth head of government in two months. State radio said he was named prime minister by the nine-member governing council, appointed the day before and made up primarily of his military cronies. He also holds the defense and foreign affairs portfolios. Demonstrators demanding democracy and a halt to 26 years of authoritarian rule stayed off the streets Wednesday for the second day during the crackdown by the new military regime.
September 20, 1988 |
In a bloody imposition of military rule, more than 150 people were reported killed Monday when Burmese soldiers fired into crowds of angry demonstrators in sporadic clashes across Rangoon and in several provinces. Accounts of the shootings remained confused and casualty reports varied widely. But the military command, which took power Sunday from the government of President Maung Maung, announced that soldiers shot at "violent and unruly mobs" in the Burmese capital.
September 19, 1988 |
Here is a chronology of events leading to military commander Saw Maung's ouster of civilian President Maung Maung: September, 1987--Government makes 80% of currency worthless, sparking first big street protests in 13 years. March, 1988--Rioters storm through Rangoon setting fire to buildings and vehicles in weeklong disturbances after death of student in brawl.