Myanmar: Junta, opponents mark anniversary of killing of independence hero

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Myanmar’s military-installed government and those seeking to topple it on Monday marked the 74th anniversary of the assassination of independence hero Gen. Aung San, the father of the country’s recently ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. … There were protest marches Monday in several cities across the country commemorating Aung San, six Cabinet colleagues and two other officials who were killed at a Cabinet meeting less than six months before Britain formally handed independence to Myanmar, then called Burma. Aung San was 32 years old when he died. A political rival, former Prime Minister U Saw, was tried and hanged for plotting the attack. … An official memorial ceremony was held, as every year, at Martyrs’ Mausoleum in Yangon, near the foot of the famous Shwedagon Pagoda.” (07/19/21)