The All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) and the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society (88GPOS) held a two-day meeting in Rangoon to discuss political issues in Burma, including constitutional amendments, electoral voting systems and the ongoing peace process.
Ko Ko Gyi, a member of the 88GPOS, said, “The 88GPOS and ABSDF were both born out of the 1988 uprising—we landed in prison and the students wound up along the border in the jungle. So this meeting is a reunion of sorts for those involved in the 1988 uprising, and we believe that together we will continue to be a political force in Burma’s reform process.”
At the meeting, ABSDF was represented by Than Khe and Myo Win, while the 88GPOS was represented by Min Ko Naing and Ko Ko Gyi.
The ABSDF was born out of the 1988 students’ uprising in Burma and subsequent military coup. Up to 10,000 students, many from middle-class families in the main cities, travelled to border areas to join the armed resistance to military rule. Many have fought for years alongside hardened Karen and Kachin guerrillas in the malaria-infested jungles of eastern and northern Burma.
Civil society group 88GPOS was likewise formed by the students who led the 1988 uprising against the military regime. It recently assisted the opposition National League for Democracy in campaigning across the country for constitutional reform.