Sirens sounds as Myanmar revives Aung San tribute

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Associated Press

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 3:05 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 19 at 3:07 AM

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Horns honked and sirens wailed as Myanmar revived a tribute that was silenced for decades to the country's slain independence hero, the father of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Adding a modern twist, many people played siren-like ring tones Friday to mark the moment at 10:37 a.m. when Gen. Aung San was assassinated by gunmen at a cabinet meeting on July 19, 1947.

State-owned radio stations used to broadcast sirens in Aung San's honor but the custom was stopped for more than 20 years by the country's former military rulers.

The junta ceded power in 2011 to a nominally civilian government that has embarked on wide-ranging reforms.

Last year, for the first time in decades state television broadcast a memorial to Aung San.

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