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LOOK: Gen Z Stamp All Over Anti-Coup Protests in Myanmar

"You f*cked with the wrong generation".
by Ara Eugenio
4 hours ago
Protesters hold signs denouncing the military during a demonstration against the coup in Yangon on February 8, 2021.
Photo/s: Ye Aung THU / AFP

When protest banners are meme-worthy, Gen Z is front and center, as in Myanmar where a military coup sparked weekend rallies that are the largest in over a decade.

Placards read "I don't want a dictatorship. I just want a boyfriend.", "Ah shit, here we go again" and "You fucked up with the wrong generation."

Some flashed the three-finger salute from the film "Hunger Games," the same gesture used by anti-monarchy protesters in Thailand last year.


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Ye Aung THU / AFP

"I completely despise the military coup and I am not afraid of a crackdown," Kyi Phyu Kyaw, a 20-year-old university student, told Agence France-Presse. 

"I will join every day until Amay Suu (Mother Suu) is freed", they said. 

Ye Aung THU / AFP

"We will fight until the end," another student protester, 18-year-old Ye Kyaw said.

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"The next generation can have democracy if we end this military dictatorship," they said.

Estimates put the number of protesters in Myanmar's largest city, Yangon, at 100,000 as large demonstrations in other cities are also reported, "condemning the coup that brought Myanmar's 10-year experiment with democracy to a crashing halt", AFP reported. 

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