The tunes and lyrics of a Burmese revolutionary anthem echoes across Lincoln Park in Albany.
Its title translates to, “We Won’t Be Satisfied till the End of the World,” and is sung by dozens of local Burmese residents on this Sunday afternoon.
The song first introduced during the 1988 pro-Democracy movement in Myanmar still carries a lot of meaning today. Especially now, with a military coup underway for more than two months in their home country.
“We all want peace and solidarity,” said Hnin Myo, a Myanmar native.
Hnin Myo, who was granted asylum to the U.S. five years ago, organized this event, which drew several different Burmese ethnic groups here. They're all calling for democracy to be restored in Myanmar.
“We have our friend, we have our brother, our sister, they need help,” said Pastor Saw Htoo, a Myanmar native.
The plea comes as protests in Myanmar, opposing the coup, have recently become much more violent. The death toll of protestors has continued to rise, many killed by soldiers and police in the streets.
“Back in our country, they sacrificed their life against the gunpoint of the military. Because of this, we’re fighting for this,” said Myo Min Khaing, a Myanmar native.
Myo Min Khaing says it’s heartbreaking to see young people being killed in Myanmar while fighting for democracy.
That’s why he says it’s important for them to bring attention to what is happening halfway around the world.
“Inside of our country or outside of our country, we stand united,” said Myo Min Khaing.
Until democracy is re-established, the local Burmese community will continue to use their voices to chant and sing for the people of Myanmar.