Sadly we left at 0830hrs on Martyrs’ Day but there was a huge increase in military and police presence the day before and on the day as we drove through Yangon.
Having had the privilege of going to the Aung San Museum in the house Aung San Suu Kyi lived in when she was a child and when her father was assassinated (more of that later), we had been reminded of the day on 19 July 1947 when General Aung San and 7 of his co-leaders were killed, having been led by Aung San to be liberated from Britain. That day is commemorated annually as Martyrs’ Day and here is an excellent reflection on that day and its consequences for the current political scene in Burma. Louise, here’s the answer to the question you asked about why Burmese peoples all revere General Aung San.
Today President Thein Sein laid down a wreath for the 8 leaders assassinated, followed by Aung San Suu Kyi and other family members of the 8 leaders.
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