Monday, June 1, 2009

The Lady and the Generals: lecture

One year and a half ago the monks in Burma protested for Democracy in the streets. It was called the Saffron Revolution and was crushed by the army after one month. We are going to review the events of the Saffron Revolution in 2007 and inquire into the causes of the movement. The Generals, called the SPDC, have repressed every attempt at instituting democracy, canceled results of elections and are now trying to force a new constitution on the people that will perpetuate their rule.
The key figure of Burmese opposition politics is Aung San Suu Kyi, the daughter of the general who helped found the Modern Burmese State. She has led the movement for democracy in Burma for twenty years. For the Last ten she has been under house arrest and there was a recent trial charging her with violating the terms of her internment. We will discuss her role in the democracy movement and hopes for the future. Discussion Group Meets Wednesday, June 3rd 6:00 p.m.

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