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A wave of strikes and protests that started from the oilfields of central Burma in 1938 became a general strike with far-reaching consequences. In Rangoon, student protesters were charged by the British mounted police wielding batons and killing a Rangoon University student called Aung Gyaw. In Mandalay, the British police shot into a crowd of protesters led by Buddhist monks killing 17 people. The movement became known as “Htaung thoun ya byei ayeidawbon” (the ’1300 Revolution’) named after the Burmese calendar year.