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Myanmar Downgrades 2008 Martyrs' Day Public Holiday Celebrations

Source: Deutsche Press Agentur
Posted: Friday, July 18, 2008

In a surprise, last-minute move, the celebrations of the July 19, 2008, Martyrs' Day public holiday, have been downgraded from a national to a city-level ceremony, and invitations to foreign diplomats to attend the ceremony have been canceled.

This might bring into question the future of the public holiday itself, considering that it is a public holiday commemorating the death of Aung San, whose daughter, Aung San Suu Kyi, is the current military junta's best-known opponent.

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