Rebel Riot: The punk soundtrack to Myanmar’s anti-coup protests | Arts and Culture News | Al Jazeera

Punks have been among the tens of thousands protesting against the coup in Myanmar [Stringer/Reuters] Inspired by protesters in Hong Kong and Thailand, Myanmar’s youth aim to grab the world’s attention.

In the background, mohawked and leather-jacketed punks wave red and black flags and raise three fingers, a symbol of resistance derived from popular film series, The Hunger Games, and adopted by Myanmar’s anti-coup protesters.

“We just wanted to create something that can inspire people,” Hnin told Al Jazeera about the clip. “This song is meant for this moment.”

Hnin met other members of Rebel Riot in 2015 during student strikes in Yangon. They started hanging out “and somehow I became a punk, I guess.”

Describing themselves as a community more than a band, the collective are known not only for their music but for street-level social initiatives, such as handing out food to Yangon’s homeless.

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