Min Ko Naing, Ko Ko Gyi and Htay Kywe with Rachel Harvey
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Burma's reformers: What now for the '88 Generation?

1 March 2012 Last updated at 04:42 GMT

In 1988 demands for an end to the military dictatorship in Burma spilled out from the university campuses onto the streets, lead by a group known as the '88 Generation Students Group.

The movement was brutally suppressed, and those who were caught were sentenced to decades in prison.

But in January the new semi-civilian government released Min Ko Naing, Htay Kywe and Ko Ko Gyi - three of the most charismatic leaders of the '88 Generation.

Rachel Harvey reports from Rangoon.