Aung San and Burma

By James Hoyle.

Myanmar goes to the polls on Sunday to elect a new Parliament and Nobel Peace Price recipient Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), is expected to do well.

It was Suu Kyi’s father, Aung San, who brought about the independence of Burma from the UK. The British Pathé archive contains his filmed statement (begins at 01:21) in which he sets out his wishes for his country.

“Burma’s future may be in this man’s hands,” the commentator remarks. Aung San never lived to see independence become a reality as he was assassinated by a political rival. But the country may soon be in the hands of his daughter.

Also in the archive is silent footage of the Burmese general with Clement Attlee and multiple items on the independence Aung San had worked to achieve.

Click here to explore the collection.

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