10 Feb '12, 8am

Myanmar political exiles return after 2 decades

Myanmar political exiles return after 2 decades

Myanmar academic Aung Naing Oo (centre), who fled a brutal crackdown on student protests over two decades ago, is greeted by relatives upon his return to his homeland for the first time at Yangon international airport on Feb 10, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar academics who fled a brutal crackdown on student protests over two decades ago returned to their homeland for the first time on Friday in a gesture of support for the country's reforms. The exiles, who escaped through the jungle into Thailand after the bloody army assault on a failed uprising in 1988, were greeted by family and a small crowd of local journalists as they arrived in Yangon airport. Aung Naing Oo said he was 'overwhelmed' setting foot on home soil after almost half a lifetime away, and fellow exile Aung Thu Nyein was visibly moved. The two men, senior staff of the Vahu Development Institute (...

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