Generation Wave “CNG – Change New Government” Leaflets inside

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Feb 6, 2009 (DVB)–Underground youth activist group Generation Wave began a new campaign in Rangoon yesterday, spraying graffiti and distributing posters and leaflets calling for a new government.

The group called their campaign Change New Government, which shares the initials CNG with the compressed natural gas stickers the authorities have put on cars.
Generation Wave spokesperson Moe Thway said group members had distributed leaflets in crowded places and put up posters on walls in South Okkalapa, Yankin and Kaba Aye.
“We did it early in the morning, at Dagon-1 high school, on the bridge near the Yuzana Garden Hotel and on the walls of diplomatic residences, and we sprayed paint near the zoo and the armoured carriers battalion base,” he said.
Moe Thway said the project was intended in part to make fun of the government.
“The military government put CNG stickers on cars; they forced people to change from petrol to CNG,” he said.
“This is a way of raising awareness by using their own brand, and changing the meaning to make people think that they need a new government whenever they see the CNG sign.”
Moe Thway said that the new generation in Burma wanted to bring about change and a better future.
Generation Wave was formed on 9 October 2007 and is made up of the younger generation of students and artists.
Twenty members of the group are currently in prison, including hip-hop artist Zayar Thaw of the band Acid.

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Jolie asks Thailand to help Burmese refugees

p107087911: Angelina Jolie has called on Thailand’s government to give more freedom to tens of thousands of Burmese refugees it has kept locked inside camps for up to 20 years.

The Academy Award-winning actress and goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Refugee Agency visited Thailand’s Ban Mai Nai Soi refugee center Wednesday.

“I was saddened to meet a 21-year-old woman who was born in a refugee camp, who has never even been out of the camp and is now raising her own child in a camp,” Jolie was quoted as saying by UNHCR in a statement released Thursday.

She asked Thai authorities to give around 110,000 refugees in northern Thailand greater freedom to move around and seek higher education, because they are unlikely to be welcomed back anytime soon to Myanmar, also known as Burma.

Myanmar’s military junta has been accused of gross atrocities against ethnic minorities, forcing thousands to flee to neighboring countries. continue

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Electricity now flowing from monk-driven projects in Mon State

Electricity is flowing from two monk-lead local development projects as the government continues to leave much of the rest of southern Burma without power.

The projects, in Chaung zone and Paung Townships, Mon State have both been organized by monks or former monks, and are now bringing electricity to over 600 households, with capacity for hundreds more.

“Our village has electricity now, because of the efforts of the monk and monastery donors,” said a woman from Dare village in Chaung zone Township, on Belukyn Island. “If we just hoped for electricity from the government, our village would never have electricity.”

The project in Dare was spearheaded by the abbot of the Mingalala Thu Kat Monastery, who organized a group of 15 laymen that purchased a generator from Rangoon in December. About 120 of Dare’s 200 households are currently drawing power.

“Paung Town has electrical wires from the government, but it is rare that we get any power,” added a resident of Paung Town. “That’s why some villages try to get electricity themselves. Even if they get electricity from the government, it is not enough power to do anything.” continue

The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) has been requesting permission to open gambling operations leading up to and during MND. The DKBA is a an ethnic Karen armed group that has been loosely allied with Burma’s central government since splitting from another armed Karen group in 1994.

The DKBA is notorious for its gambling operations, as well as narcotics trafficking and human rights abuses, throughout its operating areas in Mon and Karen States. According to a report released by the Human Rights Foundation of Monland (HURFOM) in December, the group traffics thousands of amphetamine pills into Thailand via the Three Pagodas Pass border crossing. Its gambling operations, including betting on cards, games of chance and cockfighting, have drawn complaints from community members. Festival times are particularly lucrative for the group.

Allowing the gambling, meanwhile, would undermine MND, say members of Mon civil society groups. “The DKBA gambling would disgrace Mon people,” said Marn Nyan Seik, a central executive committee member from the Mon Youth Progressive Organization near the Thai-Burma border. “It is the policy of the government authorities and the DKBA to profit from gambling. That is why we should not give permission. If we give permission, it will disgrace Mon people and obstruct the progress of our nationality.”
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