Punks break Myanmar's silence on religious attacks

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YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — In Myanmar, it's not just the pink hair and skull tattoos that make punk rockers stand out. It's their willingness to speak out against Buddhist monks instigating violence against Muslims while others are silent.

Radical monks are at the forefront of a bloody campaign against Muslims, and few in this predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million people are willing to speak against them.

That leaves the punk rockers, who know what it's like to be outsiders.

Kyaw Kyaw, the lead singer of Rebel Riot, says: "If they were real monks, I'd be quiet, but they aren't. They are nationalists, fascists. No one wants to hear it, but it's true."

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