The 72-hour campaign is over. By night, hitting the pots, the pen is still doing. They also cut off the electricity sometimes. Shut down some TV channels still. Today, public protests have begun, as one thing after another has been done through the internet.
When the internet was completely cut off, the whole of Myanmar was cut off from the rest of the world. So people have to go out and get ready to protest.
People gathered in Hledan and started protesting. Most of them are young people. It grows louder and louder. Thousands of people showed up peacefully and the police did not cause any trouble. The hope of all of us is Mother Su (Aung San Su Kyi), the release of the president, and the liberation from the military dictatorship. Burma’s military dictatorship is different from any other military dictatorship. Let me tell you about my experience.
I was a teenager in 2005. At the time, mobile phones were the only luxury item seen in movies. I have never eaten lobster from my own country. It is exported exclusively to the Chinese market. Electricity was often cut off. I had to wait for the electricity to come because there was no water at home. Commodity prices have risen steadily. If you want to listen to the right international news, you have to listen to BBC Radio. If you want to pass an exam, you have to bribe the class teacher. Graduates are no different from the grassroots. Though we are graduated, we become drivers, we become the shopkeeper, not in the professional level. Some go to Malaysia and Thailand for work at the grassroots level. We are afraid of all government uniforms. If I said something wrong about the military dictatorship, I can be arrested. I’m afraid to do it. If you don’t have enough money, you can’t get medical treatment. Especially the police, soldiers are so frightened that we do not even dare to look at their faces. If they find a problem, we can be arrested. The law is in their mouth, the law under their management.
Every government office under the military dictatorship is full of corruption. For example, you have to stay at your home but you need to go to the ward office to register every week. They want to know the list of the people at home every day. They had told it was the census. You have to pay once for each census. You have to go to the police station to get a letter of recommendation to work. We need to bribe the ward office. We have no equality, the military government’s related persons are our priority.
Everything was full of fear. But we have learned about human rights five years ago. Because of Aung San Su Kyi. There are only five years. I do not want to go back to my old life. So I hit the pen loudly every night. If I can access the internet back, I will tell my friends on the internet as much as I can to join the CDM campaign.
Tomorrow we will go out and protest.