By: Natalie House
The uprisings of peaceful protests by university students in Myanmar have been met with violence from police, resulting in deaths and imprisonment of students. Police are using lethal weapons during these actions, causing major uproar and riots.
The protests are in opposition to the recently passed education bill that seeks to dictate the following in institutions of higher education: restrictions in funding, the prohibition of student-teacher unions, and influence over other education related laws and polices.
Protestors believe that education is a right for citizens and think the Myanmar government should be investing heavily in institutions of higher education to improve the overall economy. Students are also pushing for more freedom within the education system.
Tonight, GMC students came together to show our support for Myanmar students with a group photo that reads “Green Mountain Supports Myanmar Students.”