Thakin Soe

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Thakin Soe
Personal details
Born 1906
Died 6 May 1989 (1989-05-07) (aged 82)
Nationality Myanmar
Occupation Politician, soldier
Known for One of the Founders of the Communist Party of Burma

Thakin Soe (Burmese: သခင်စိုး, pronounced [θəkʰiɴ só]; 1906-6 May 1989) was a founding member of the Communist Party of Burma, formed in 1939.,[1] Soe spent most of his life underground and for a time led the Red Flag Communist Party. He was captured by Government forces in 1970 but released in a 1974 amnesty by the military Government of Gen. Ne Win.[2] After nationwide demonstrations against Ne Win's government in 1988, Soe became the patron of the Unity and Peace Party, which he hoped would contest in the 1990 elections.


  1. ^ Lintner, Bertil. The Rise and Fall of the Communist Party of Burma (CPB). Southeast Asia Program series, no. 6. Ithaca, N.Y.: Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University, 1990. p. 6
  2. ^ "Thakin Soe, Burmese Communist, 83". The New York Times. 1989-05-06.