This is so touching. A person in Myanmar opens up about how he felt his silence previously made him "complicit in the genocide of Rohingya" and how recent protests have opened his eyes, and how he vows never to make the same mistake again.

The thing is, the unity in Myanmar today is allowing people to have greater empathy and solidarity with one another, it has helped to remove barriers and strengthen relationships and unity, and like I wanted with the HK protests, I want people in Myanmar to win too.
Because these social movements have such a power to transform societies and move them to another level, and if their governments are wise, it's such a powerful energy to rally, to build society, and to give people new hope and progress.
Which is why it is upsetting when tyrants like Xi Jinping grab power and become so maniac they destroy these powerful foundations that build society. And why the international community must intervene in Myanmar to let democracy have hope in Asia.


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