Burma election: To vote or not to vote?
Published: 3/11/2010 at 09:59 PM
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In the dead of night in army-ruled Burma, Aye Aung Lin and his team don their motorcycle helmets, leap on their bikes and risk their freedom to blitz four towns with their bold graffiti.

Like all of those aged under 38, these activists have never voted in a general election before, but getting the nation's youngsters into the polling booths on Sunday is exactly what they are trying to prevent.

One of their scrawled slogans has a big 2010 crossed out. Another simply says: "No vote".

"I believe that the election will not change anything because the political prisoners are not released and there are limitations," said 24-year-old Aye Aung Lin, whose name has been changed to protect his safety.

It is a stance that meets with much agreement across most Western nations, where Burma's rare poll has been widely criticised as a ploy to dress up military rule in civilian clothing.

But by advocating a boycott through through their subversive street art, poetry and hip hop music, the young radicals in this nationwide network, known as "Generation Wave", risk substantial jail terms if they are caught.

Twenty out of roughly 50 of them are already locked up, along with more than 2,000 political prisoners. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is under house arrest and has been detained for most of the past 20 years.

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