Conflict and abuses against Burma’s ethnic minorities often gets looked over, not just by the international media, but in Burma’s major cities like Rangoon. In central Burma, the fighting seems a distant issue, and especially with the censored media, the reality of it isn’t often understood.
Generation Wave, a youth activist group composed of hip hop singers, graffiti artists, poets and other hip urban young people, wants this mentality to change. Peace and an end to militarization isn’t something that just concerns the Karen, Kachi, Shan or other ethnic groups, but effects all people. This week they staged several actions in Rangoon as part of their new campaign “Let the Flowers Bloom, But Not Bullets.”
They got support from top activists such as the 88 Generation leaders, other activists, as well as some of Burma’s most popular rock stars. The passed out stickers and roses at a public park and concert. Rock singer Aung La and his band Reason supported the Peace Campaign by wearing T-shirts during their Valentine’s Day concert.
Generation Wave also did a prayer action at the Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon on the 14th and passed out more roses, stickers, and talked with visitors.
Often Burma’s youth have to struggle just to get an education and find ways just to get by. It’s really inspiring to see young people doing what they can to stand up and promote peace for all.
They also worked with the singer Linnith to release a new song calling for peace in Kachin state. Listen to it here