Happy Birthday Ko Ko Gyi

“We paid the price with our families, our youth and our society. But we are satisfied with that sacrifice.” (Ko Ko Gyi, March 2005 following his release from prison).

Ko Ko Gyi is known as a gifted strategist, and clear thinker. He is second-in-command to Min Ko Naing in the 88 Generation Students group. He was closely involved in the uprisings of 1988 and was first detained in April 1989 for about 6 weeks, then again in December 1991. He was eventually released in March 2005, after spending more than 13 years in prison. He established the 88 Generation Students group with Min Ko Naing and other friends in September that year. Aung Kyaw Oo (below), a former political prisoner and colleague of Ko Ko Gyi, stayed with him for several months after he himself was released from prison in July that year. He remembers Ko Ko Gyi as honorable and brave.

Ko Ko Gyi is currently detained in Monghsat prison in Shan State serving a sentence of 65 years and 6 months.

We remember, honour and salute you Ko Ko Gyi, on your 48th birthday

Fellow 88 Generation Student Aung Kyaw Oo, was arrested for his prominent role in the student movement and demonstrations in 1988. He was arrested and sentenced in 1991. He spent 14 years in Insein and Tharawaddy prison before his release in 2005. He fled to the border in 2007 and currently works for the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) – AAPP.

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