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Military Personnel
    (February 13, 1915-July 19, 1947)
    Born in Rangoon (Yangon), Myanmar
    Birth name was Htein Lin
    Leader in the Burmese independence movement
    Founded the Burma National Army (1941)
    Founded the Anti-Fascist People's Freedom League (1944)
    Assassinated by followers of former prime minister U Saw
    Father of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi
    He was a founding member and first secretary general of the Communist Party of Burma (1939).
    He collaborated with the Japanese occupation government during WWII, serving as Minister of War.
    Winston Churchill called him 'a traitor rebel leader.'
    He persecuted members of the Karen ethnic group for their loyalty to Britain.
    British colonial governor Reginal Dorman-Smith attempted to put him on trial for his role in the murder of a Karen village headman.
    As editor of a student magazine at the University of Rangoon, he was expelled from school for refusing to identify the author of an article criticizing a university official.
    He became skeptical of Japanese promises of Burmese independence and led the Burma National Army in a revolt against the Japanese occupiers (March 27, 1945).
    During the pro-democracy 8-8-88 Uprising, his portrait was carried by demonstrators and used as a rallying point.
    Following the uprising, Myanmar's military junta redesigned the nation's currency, the kyat, removing his portrait.

Credit: C. Fishel


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