Generation Wave distributes leaflets in Rangoon

Oct 10, 2008 (DVB), Underground youth activist group Generation Wave distributed leaflets around Rangoon yesterday to mark the one-year anniversary of the group's founding, witnesses said.

A resident of Rangoon said he had seen the leaflets around the former capital.

"I saw the leaflets they distributed underneath the Pansodan bridge pass, and in Thingangyun and Thuwanna townships," he said.

"The leaflets contained a logo with a thumbs-up sign and a message that said ‘Be free from poverty’."

He said he had seen the leaflets stuck on electric poles and on vehicle windshields.

"Municipal workers who were nearby immediately took away the leaflets they saw but the leaflets were spread out all over the place so they couldn’t remove all of them straight away," the witness said.

Generation Wave spokesperson Moe Thway said the group had planned to distribute over 100,000 leaflets in cities all across Burma.

Moe Thway said the group aimed to mark its one-year anniversary and to remind the people of Burma and the SPDC government that there was a group actively fighting against the dictatorship in the country.

Generation Wave was formed with about 30 members on 9 October 2007 following the monk-led demonstrations in September last year.

Moe Thway said the group now has about 100 members operating in different places across Burma while about 10 have been detained.

Famous hip-hop singer Zayar Thaw, a prominent member of the group, was arrested by government authorities on 12 March this year and remains in detention.

Reporting by Nay Thwin

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