Myeinigone Market Incident

Myeinigone Market Incident
   (June 21, 1988)
   A major clash between student demonstrators and the authorities, which occurred near the Myeinigone (Myay Ni Gone) Market north of the Shwe Dagon Pagoda in Rangoon (Yangon). Several thousand students began a march from the Main Campus of Rangoon (Yangon) University to the Institute of Medicine downtown along Prome (Pyay) Road, protesting the imprisonment of their comrades and the suspension of classes on university campuses. Surrounded and attacked by Riot Police (Lon Htein) and army troops, they escaped into narrow side streets, were sheltered by local residents, and fought back using jinglees, or homemade catapults that launched sharpened bicycle spokes, like primitive crossbows. At least 10 Riot Police died, and students suffered an estimated 100 casualties. In 1998, a decade after the clash, there were rumors that the Myeinigone area was infested with nats, the ghosts of protestors who had been killed.
   See also Democracy Summer.

Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). . 2014.

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