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Image of Asia: Commemorating 1962 Myanmar student uprising
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Image of Asia: Commemorating 1962 Myanmar student uprising

Myanmar students participate in a ceremony to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of 1962 students uprising at university of Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, July 7, 2015, which was brutally cracked down by the then military dictator Gen. Ne Win led military government killing dozens of students, culminating with troops blowing up the historic student union building. About 30 students took part in this unauthorized gathering facing possible arrest amid heavy police presence. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

In this photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe, students participate in a ceremony to commemorate the 53rd anniversary of a student uprising in Yangon, Myanmar. The military government led by dictator Gen. Ne Win brutally suppressed the 1962 uprising at Yangon University, killing dozens of students in the crackdown that culminated with troops blowing up the historic student union building. The university has produced many of Myanmar’s most famous dissidents and intellectuals, but it was closed repeatedly for long stretches under the military junta, which saw urban campuses as hotbeds of political dissent. About 30 students took part in the unauthorized gathering Tuesday morning, watched closely by police, though the gathering appeared to end without incident.

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