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A protest against the new Burmese currency escalates after the military kill a student activist, Maung Phone Maw, on the campus of Rangoon university      
Students demonstrating in Rangoon are joined by civilians and monks in what becomes known as the 8888 Uprising (from the date, 8/8/88)      
Aung San Suu Kyi returns to Burma from England, to look after her dying mother       
General Saw Maung seizes power in Burma and crushes the 8888 Uprising, by now nation-wide, with probably about 3000 deaths       
Aung San Suu Kyi at a public meeting

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Saw Maung calls his new regime the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) but promises to hold a free election in 1990       
A new party, the National League for Democracy, is formed in Burma with Aung San Suu Kyi soon becoming its leader       
Before the coming election the military junta in Burma places democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest      
Aung San Suu Kyi's party wins an overwhelming victory in Burma's general election but the military refuse to hand over power      
Aung San Ssu Kyi remains under house arrest, and is not released till 1995      
Aung San Suu Kyi wins the Nobel Peace Prize for her courageous fight for democracy in Burma