Myanmar on Thursday marked the 25th anniversary of a 1988 popular uprising against the then dictatorship with a commemoration ceremony in Yangon.
The ceremony, organized by a group of former student leaders known as the "88 Generation Open Society," was attended by over 5,000 people from over 50 organizations including diplomats, political parties, democratic forces, ethnic minority organizations, and supporters.
Speaking at the ceremony, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said, "On this Silver Jubilee commemoration event I would like to call on everybody to engage in appropriate actions with unity for the sake of the country's future."
It is the first time the government allowed a commemoration ceremony for the so-called "Four Eights" uprising on a large scale.
Meanwhile, hundreds of democracy activists and supporters converged at a convention center on the outskirts of Yangon for a three-day event that ended Thursday, where exhibitions and stage performances were held to portray and educate about the country's democratic struggle.