July 19th, 2011. For the first time since 1988 the people of Myanmar were allowed to pay their respects at the Yangon
tomb of Bogyoke Aung San on Martyr’s Day July 19th, marking the date in 1947 when Burma’s
independence leaders, most notably independence hero General Aung San were assassinated. "
Bogyoke Aung San is a symbol of pride for the people of Myanmar, but for more than 20 years, the
military government looked to undermine Martyr’s Day, by prohibiting the public to visit the tomb, so not
to draw attention to the incarceration of his daughter Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the National
League of Democracy. The official Martyr’s Day ceremony and the admission of the general public to
Aung San’s tomb highlights the political changes sweeping the country