Today BDC(Burma Democratic Concern) held a demonstration in front UK’s Burma embassy for resistance day of Burma.
The British fought three wars with Burma in 1824, 1852 and 1885, culminating in the loss of Burmese sovereignty and independence. Britain made Burma a province of India in 1886 with the capital at Rangoon. Though war officially ended after only a couple of weeks, resistance continued in northern Burma until 1890, with the British finally resorting to a systematic destruction of villages and appointment of new officials to finally halt all guerrilla activity.
By the turn of the century, a nationalist movement began to take shape and a new generation of Burmese leaders arose in the early twentieth century from amongst the educated classes. Thakin Aung San and twenty-nine young men who went to Japan in order to receive military training and they came to be known as the “Thirty Comrades”. Japanese declared Burma, in theory, independent in 1943, as Ba Maw head of state. It soon became apparent that Japanese promises of independence were merely a sham and that Ba Maw was just a puppet.
Burmese leaders founded the Anti-Fascist Organisation (AFO) secretly in August 1944 and was later renamed the Anti-Fascist People’s Freedom League (AFPFL). On March 27, 1945 the Burma National Army rose up in a countrywide rebellion against the Japanese. The Japanese were routed out from most of Burma by May 1945. Since then March 27, is commemorated as the Resistance Day in Burma.