London, UK: A coalition of London-based Burmese students and exiled activists jointly organised a ‘Bike Ride For Burma’ event yesterday in London for the first time in commemoration of the student-led 88 pro-democracy uprising. More than 50 Burmese and British cyclists participated in the event to show solidarity and raise awareness that Burma has not been forgotten.
The cyclists, wearing ‘Don’t Forget Burma’ T-shirts pedalled for nearly two hours along some of Central London’s busiest streets passing by places including the Houses of Parliament.
When asked for the reason why he participated, a Burmese student Ko Myat Tha told Chinland Guardian: “First of all, I like cycling and it is a chance for me to join the cyclist group to show solidarity for Burma, to commemorate the 8888 uprising and to salute those who gave their lives for democracy in our country.”
The group shouted some slogans ‘Free, Free – Burma, Burma’ as they made their ways towards Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park where the event ended with speeches given by invited guests from National League for Democracy (London), National Council of Union of Burma and Amnesty International.
Hundreds of protesters made a peaceful demonstration in front of Burmese Embassy on Friday, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 88 uprising in Burma. During the student-led uprising in 1988, the brutal military dictatorship slaughtered thousands, mostly students and monks including innocent civilians.
Van Biak Thang
10 August, 2008