The "Z generation" standing up to counter the coup in Myanmar

Myanmar : The Burmese military coup of February 1 brutally interrupted the democratization process. The party of lady, Aung San Suu Kyi, had just triumphed in last November's elections with more than 80% of the votes. An electoral setback for the military! The leader Aung San Suu Kyi and hundreds of people were arrested. The demonstrators demanded their release. One can hear in the parades: "Give us back our elected government", "respect our vote". Prayer chains are being organized. This is what the members of Fondacio are doing on the spot.

On the eastern border of India and Bangladesh, Myanmar, also called Burma, has 54 million inhabitants and more than 130 ethnic groups. The dominant ethnic majority (65% of the population) is Burmese Buddhist. The respect and consideration of ethnic minorities are major for the political stability of the country. This is why, and not without difficulties and clashes, the democratization process must improve the situation of ethnic minorities in order to eradicate the violence and poverty that affect these discriminated populations.

The country, close to dynamic markets (India, China and ASEAN), with abundant and still under-exploited natural resources, is experiencing economic development - around 6% GDP growth between 2016 and 2019. Establishing democracy and the rule of law on a sustainable basis are important issues for a fair redistribution of wealth. Growing wealth attracts the covetousness of the most powerful who want to take advantage of it for themselves and by force.

Generation Z shows its determination in the protest against the military coup d'etat in Myanmar

An asset of the country is its relatively young population (27.6% are under 14 years old). The 17-30 year olds present themselves as Generation Z. Too young to have experienced previous military regimes and bloody repressions, they are not afraid to gather in tens of thousands to brave the ban on demonstrations, drawing inspiration from recent protest movements in other countries. This Generation Z is determined because in today's struggle its future is at stake. These young people have courage: they say that if necessary, they would be willing to die for it. The fear is there: we remember the "charges" of young students against the machine-gun during the 1988 demonstrations that killed 3,000 people.

There are still other ways of fighting. As in the Buddhist tradition, the population tries to chase away evil spirits and demons by banging on pots and pans and anything else that makes noise, at 8pm every night. Against weapons, a peaceful, spiritual and psychological struggle is engaged. To be in communion with Generation Z, the young people of Fondacio propose to put a candle on the corner of the windows at 8:30 p.m.; in the face of darkness, this Generation Z' fights  for Light.