Outraged by Myanmar military junta’s cold-blooded murder of the 4-pro-democracy activists in the country a week ago, an international group of activists, concerned scholars, musicians and singers have teamed up with Myanmar dissidents to host a 2-hour YouTube LIVE event this coming Saturday, 30 July. The event will commence at 7 pm Yangon and ends at 9 pm.
The event’s Burmese organizer Dr Maung Zarni of the Forces of Renewal for South East Asia, a network of concerned scholars and rights activists, said, “the (Myanmar) regime that only 6 years ago violated all grave crimes in international law – including genocide against a national minority Rohingyas – has once proven capable of such cold-blooded murder of our fellow activists in the name of law.”
He added, “this Saturday’s event is not a memorial service to mourn the murdered activists, but to both honour their lives and exemplary sacrifices and more broadly to celebrate Myanmar’s spirit, strength and stamina of resistance against successive murderous military leaderships.”
Nine different performing artists and/or bands including hip hop and classical musicians, from New York, Sarajevo, Phnom Penh, Kuala Lumpur and Northern Myanmar will perform as an act of solidarity to Myanmar resisters.
The event will be opened by String Quartet Sinfonietta SA, led by Professor Belma Alic of the Music Academy of Sarajevo. The quartet will play ‘Stone sleeper’, by the Bosnian composer Vladimir Milosevic. The acclaimed Burmese dissident vocalist and musician Mun Awng will perform LIVE from his native highlands of Kachin, Northern Myanmar.
Among the international speakers are: Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah, Yale’s renowned scholar of everyday resistance Professor Emeritus James C. Scott, and veteran Malaysian dissident Hishamuddin Rais.
They will be joined the fellow Myanmar resisters: Moethee Zun, former head of the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front; Moe Thway, a founding member of Generation Wave; Nay San Lwin, co-founder of the Free Rohingya Coalition; and Ma Khaing Zar Aung, President of the Industrial Workers’ Federation of Myanmar.