(FILES) In this picture taken August 26,

(FILES) In this picture taken August 26, 1988, Burmese democratic opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (top-C) addresses an anti-military regime rally in Yangon (Rangoon). As China celebrates the start of the Olympics on August 8, 2008, with much fanfare, activists in neighbouring Myanmar will silently mourn the bloody end of an uprising that crushed their dreams of democracy 20 years ago. In August 1988, cities and villages across the country then known as Burma were bursting with optimism. The military dictator Ne Win had just stepped down after decades of iron-fisted rule, and Burma was inspired by a prophecy that it would become a free nation on August 8 -- known as 8-8-88. Students who had already protested for almost a year against Ne Win's socialist government called for a national uprising on the auspicious date, drawing activists, Buddhist monks, and even young military cadets into the streets clamouring for freedom. AFP PHOTO/STR/FILES (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP via Getty Images)
(FILES) In this picture taken August 26, 1988, Burmese democratic opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (top-C) addresses an anti-military regime rally in Yangon (Rangoon). As China celebrates the start of the Olympics on August 8, 2008, with much fanfare, activists in neighbouring Myanmar will silently mourn the bloody end of an uprising that crushed their dreams of democracy 20 years ago. In August 1988, cities and villages across the country then known as Burma were bursting with optimism. The military dictator Ne Win had just stepped down after decades of iron-fisted rule, and Burma was inspired by a prophecy that it would become a free nation on August 8 -- known as 8-8-88. Students who had already protested for almost a year against Ne Win's socialist government called for a national uprising on the auspicious date, drawing activists, Buddhist monks, and even young military cadets into the streets clamouring for freedom. AFP PHOTO/STR/FILES (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP via Getty Images)
(FILES) In this picture taken August 26,
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