On August 8, 1988, thousands of citizens protested the authoritarian government of Myanmar (Burma), leading to a crackdown that did not end for more than a decade. The protests were nicknamed the 8888 Uprising to mark the date (8-8-88) of the rebellion.Protesters, including students, Buddhist monks, and workers, demanded democracy. This included freedom of speech and the press, as well as greater representation in government. (The nation had been ruled by a one-party military government for more than 20 years.) Aung San Suu Kyi, whose father (Aung San) led the Burmese struggle for independence in the 1940s, emerged as the powerful leader of the protests.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry arrest Verb
to take into legal custody.
form of leadership where individual power is limited and the power of a single leader or group of leaders is strengthened.
person who follows the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha).
member of a country, state, or town who shares responsibilities for the area and benefits from being a member.
severe enforcement of laws or other rules.
system of organization or government where the people decide policies or elect representatives to do so.
to develop or come into view.
system or order of a nation, state, or other political unit.
house arrest Noun
confinement of an arrested person to a single location, such as a home or hospital.
state or situation of being free.
person who has withdrawn from everyday society and lives in service to a religious order.
protest noun, verb
demonstration against a policy or action.
to subdue completely.
organized resistance to an authority.
action taken on behalf of another person, group of people, or organization.
revolt or rebellion.