Myanmar remembers fallen leader on Martyr’s Day

20 July 2015
Myanmar remembers fallen leader on Martyr’s Day
Bogyoke Aung San (b. 13 Feb 1915 - d. 19 July 1947) Photo:

The Myanmar public got a glimpse into one of the country’s darkest moments on Sunday as visitors were given rare access to the compound in Yangon where Aung San, the country's independence hero and father of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, was killed RFA reported on 19 July.
Hundreds of visitors, some wearing black ribbons and carrying flowers, scrambled up staircases at the Secretariat building and held their phones through broken windows to take pictures of the compound's extensive courtyard.
For most, it was their first time inside the building that had been off limits to the public for decades.
On July 19, 1947, Aung San, 32, was gunned down along with several colleagues by political rivals as they held a meeting in the Secretariat. The assassination plot has never been fully explained.
A year later, Aung San's dream of an independent Myanmar was realized the report noted.