Myanmar’s young netizens are taking on the the ruling junta  |  Photo Credit: AFP
The youth’s verdict on Myanmar’s ruling junta is out. And it’s not very pleasant to read.
The ruling party is worse than an ex-liver, fouler than fish curry, and more painful than a period. That’s what the very online youth of the country thinks about the ruling party.
A younger generation of Myanmar protestors is flooding the streets across the country and voicing their opinion against last week’s military coup. They have also won millions of fans on social media by cracking jokes at the military’s expense.
The youth’s colourful and witty commentary on social media has become a hit on Twitter and other platforms.
Here’s are a few examples:
“My ex is bad, but Myanmar military is worse,” tweeted a user, with pictures showing the military atrocities that have happened in the country in the past few days.
“Min Aung Hlaing I hate you more than my periods,” said another held out a car window.
The tweets are particularly directed towards the army chief Min Aung Hlaing, who staged a coup and deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi a few days ago.
Besides posters and placards on the streets of Myanmar, young netizens have started social media campaigns to share details about the ongoing military rule.
“[The social media campaign’ is a new, creative type of protesting for Myanmar,” said Htaike Htaike Aung, executive director of Myanmar ICT for Development, a Yangon-based digital rights group.
“The younger generation… are on Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, and Discord mobilizing other young people,” she told AFP.
Interestingly, many of the signs that are seen on the streets are in English, highlighting the appeal to the international audience.
In the last few days, social media has connected the youth of the country and also connected protestors to Hong Kong.