The military dictatorship resumed its shootings. Videos of brutal killings of peaceful protesters in Mandalay have uploaded on Facebook. These evidences appeared in the media and news agencies. People were shouting. Tears welled up in everyone’s eyes as they watched videos from all over the country. The Army was very cruel.
We were saddened to think of the last words of the dead young man, “I can no longer.” How long will we have to suffer now? I am the Y generation. Our generation attended school during the military regime. This is our generation that started working during the military regime. In our day, we read and studied the lessons by candlelight at night. When the electricity came back on, I shouted happily, “Hey!” We have to pay 400 MMK per hour to use the internet at cybercafes. We had the patient wait for loading circles on the PC screen due to a slow connection. The children of officers at the school were favored by teachers. When the person who dressed in military uniform come to the school, we had to salute them. There were only two television channels, MRTV and Myawaddy, which were only propagated by the military regime. In those days, anyone paid about 20 lakhs MMK to get a mobile phone. If you want to pass the exam easily, you have to take private tuition in your teacher’s home. Teachers have to be bribed. I have to memorize the answers. Aircraft was the only aircraft that could be flown by officers. Where else? Adults and children are bullied at school.
I have to wait in line for half a day to pay the electricity bill. There were Win Thuzar shops, which sold a limited number of local products by government industries, which were treated as foreign malls. When you go abroad, Myanmar means most people who work as housemaids and considered to be groundbreakers. A red Myanmar passport was a product that immigration staff used to throw away rudely and look down with zero impression. There was no legal place to exchange your own dollar for Myanmar currency, so brokers set prices as they see fit. The US dollar was being traded illegally amid various brokers’ prices in those days. Worst of all, they had to pay bribes to government staff or officials whenever we went to government offices. He also asked us for tip money under the table. We had to deal with them. When we were sleeping in the houses at night, military intelligence would come down and look at the mosquito net anytime. That’s how we went through bitterly the military dictatorship. Everything was full of fear. Many prohibits have been in place since the February 1 coup. Military junta banned on social media, especially Facebook, Twitter, and so on. We were using bypass VPN. The internet connection was cut off at midnight. It reopened at 9 am every morning. At night, the police came to the house and arrested their suspects. Whenever they came to arrest any house, there was no reason to ask. So we had to gather each other in the neighborhood and keep an eye on them. As soon as they entered our neighborhood, we had to signal by playing the tin drums. A stick or sword was placed by the bed. We were armed with swords to protect ourselves from danger. People have to protect each other from being arrested for no reason.