Burma gets a new flag


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The Burmese have a new flag that some say is a clear sign of the ruling regime's intentions to "wipe out ethnic armies". The flag has been changed from this…

Old Burma flag

…to this…

New Burma flag

"Analysts believe that the removal of the 14 stars, which signify the 14 divisions and states in Burma, or indeed their assimilation into one larger star, is further proof that citizens of a post-election Burma will live under the dominant control of the military government," writes Francis Wade for Democratic Voice of Burma.

This is the third flag in Burma's history.

"Green symbolizes peace and tranquility as well as Burma’s verdant environment; yellow for solidarity; red for valor and decisiveness, and white represents the consolidated union," writes Simon Roughneen over at The Irrawaddy.

"A number of Rangoon residents told The Irrawaddy that the previous two flags of Burma under the 1947 Constitution and the 1974 Constitution better represented the country."

To me this is fascinating because a nation's flag should typically have a lot of meaning to the people of that nation. If there is one thing they should be able to stand up for, be proud of and unite in front of, it's their flag. It should represent freedom and hope. But having an entirely new flag so late after independence will not sit comfortably in the minds of the Burmese, I feel.

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One thought on “Burma gets a new flag

  1. I hate it…
    They are F**cking crazy..
    They change everything..
    They are wiping everything from Burma out..
    Fuck off..
    I hate them…

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