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Hear a former Myanmar protester speaking to NPR's Melissa Block, from All Things Considered

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New Myanmar Protests Are Rooted in 1988 Uprising

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New Myanmar Protests Are Rooted in 1988 Uprising

Hear a former Myanmar protester speaking to NPR's Melissa Block, from All Things Considered

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Min Myo, also known as Zaw Zaw, is a computer network engineer who volunteers with the U.S. Campaign for Burma and Amnesty International. Zaw Zaw says he and his colleagues from the 1988 student uprising in Burma — for which he was imprisoned for four months — use the Web to stay in touch.

The government controls most access to the Internet, but some people have access via satellite to an Internet Service Provider in Thailand, and the government has not been able to completely shut this down.

Zaw Zaw tells NPR's Melissa Block that while he still gets e-mails from Burma, but they come to him anonymously, and the e-mails don't name the people who have been killed or arrested.