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Generation Wave plans red paint campaign

Aug 5, 2008 (DVB), Members of the youth activist group Generation Wave are planning to spray red paint around Rangoon to commemorate those killed in the 8888 uprising, the 20th anniversary of which falls on Friday.

In a statement issued yesterday, the group urged young people across Burma to join their campaign to remember the monks, students and others killed in the brutal crackdown in 1988.

"The authorities used violence to suppress the uprising on the streets of Burma, including in Rangoon, and a lot of blood was spilled," said Moe Thway, a spokesperson for Generation Wave.

"Some of the youth today remember it but some of them were not old enough," he said.

"We would like to remind all of them of the history."

The statement said Generation Wave had planned the campaign to demonstrate to the government that the new generation are not giving in to this regime's pressure.

They are still sacrificing their blood and sweat and are determined to do that until democracy has been achieved," the group said.

Moe Thway urged all young people to do what they can to show their solidarity with Generation Wave.

"We would like to urge all the youth and students of Burma to join hands with Generation Wave and to support us in our activities in any way they can," he said.

Reporting by Aye Nai


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