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Burma’s Punk Scene in Photos

The punk counterculture of Myanmar was mainly influenced by the British and U.S. American punk music scene of the 1970s and 80s and exists on the fringes of the once closed-off country. The local punks revolt against any political injustice as well as against religious intolerance and express that through their music.

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The punk counterculture of Myanmar was mainly influenced by the British and U.S. American punk music scene of the 1970s and 80s and exists on the fringes of the once closed-off country. The local punks revolt against any political injustice as well as against religious intolerance and express that through their music.

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Prior to the official start of the Burmese New Year Water Festival ("Thingyan") an underground punk rock concert takes place in the former Burmese capital city of Rangoon (Yangon), April 12, 2014. 

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Two Buddhist monks walk past a few punks who sit next to a road waiting for the start of an underground punk rock concert in Rangoon.

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Young boys dressed in punk clothes is seen who are accompanied by their dads.

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More mohawks on Rangoon's streets.

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Portrait of a young punk at an underground punk rock concert in Rangoon.

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Punks on the move.

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A young punk is seen spray-painting a concrete support coloumn of a bridge under which the concert takes place.

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A Buddehist monk is seen during his alm rounds as he walks by a group of young Burmese men in downtown Rangoon.

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Punk jacket.

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A punk rocks out.

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Punk rock can be a blur.