All Burma Students Union


All Burma Students Union
   (ABSU)
   Known by the acronym Ba Ka Tha in the Burmese (Myanmar) language, the ABSU was established at a nationwide students' conference on May 8, 1936. Its original leaders included Ko Aung San; it participated in the massive demonstrations of 1938-1939 organized by the Dobama Asiayone and was a member of the Freedom Bloc united front headed by Ba Maw and Aung San before World War II. It played a prominent though not unchallenged role in student political activism during the parliamentary period (1948-1962), was suppressed by the Ne Win regime, and came into prominence again during the nationwide demonstrations of 1988.

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