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a leader acceptable to all sections. There are also other militant student leaders and it is quite clear now that the mass upsurge was the culmination of growing dissatisfaction and anger engendered by a deteriorating economy and increasing suppression of civil liberties. Moreover, the Ne Win government's economic policies such as, for instance, the 1987 demonetisation, which resulted in nation-wide riots, hit certain sections of the population such as small traders, government employees and farmers badly. Even within the ruling party, there was growing dissent and after August 8 when the recent wave of protests began, several party members have openly called for an end to one-party rule.

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