In the past months, Young ethnic Bamar protestors have felt what it meant to be on the receiving end of the Tatmadaw’s cruelty. A remarkable shift has taken place in their attitudes towards other ethnicities in the country. Generation Z protestors are demanding a Federal system in which all the ethnicities are represented and change of the 2008 constitution.
There has been an outpouring of support and public apologies for not speaking out when the Rohingya were targeted. Three weeks into the coup the activist and Twitter user Aung Kyaw Paing tweeted: “Recent events has (sic) opened up my knowledge more than ever. I’m starting to understand the fact that my silence during that time made me complicit in the genocide of Rohingya. I understand it’s past due time but I’m truly sorry that I was silent at that time.”
“Since the coup, calls are growing for the international justice system to hold the Tatmadaw accountable for its current and past actions. “We were all brainwashed since we were very young,” Yin Yin said. “The military did countless dirty acts and cruel things in the past 70 years. The [non-Bamar] ethnic groups have fought and faced it, and now we are all facing it.”