Blood Money Campaign
The Blood Money Campaign was initiated and designed by activists and union leaders on the ground in Myanmar. The BMC team is comprised of activists with different backgrounds: for example labor and student unions, civic engagement, peace and education activists, as well as people in research, IT, and design.
Among others, the Federation of General Workers Myanmar (FGWM) is involved, which consists of grassroots factory unions across the country – mostly in textile factories. The campaign aims to pressure companies that keep doing business with the military junta – be it directly or indirectly.
The BMC initiators decided to put the focus, especially on the oil and gas industry in October 2021. They call for targeted sanctions of the Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE), which would impact corporations like TotalEnergies, Chevron, Petronas, PTTEP, and POSCO.
With any business done the military and its repressive regime benefits – through taxes, fees, or direct cooperation.
Currently various external actors – mostly other grassroots labour unions as well as people born in Myanmar and living in exile – are involved. Among them is the International Confederation of Labour (ICL) as well as unions connected with the Global May Day network. The campaign can be seen as a continuation of the Call for International CDM Solidarity published in April.
Freeze flow of money to the military junta!
Cut off the junta’s access to international business!
Stop funding crimes against humanity!
Stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Myanmar!
International companies continue to profit
The military coup was immediately condemned by the United Nations as well as North American, European, and other countries (except China, Russia, and Myanmar's neighbours). Many international companies like Adidas, H&M, Volkswagen, DHL, and others that either manufacture there, have suppliers there or otherwise have business relationships with companies in Myanmar (including those with direct or indirect links to the military) issued statements against the Junta immediately after the coup. However, in recent months and weeks, they have returned or resumed business in Myanmar.
Whether or not these companies publicly condemn the junta, they profit from the military's suppression of workers' protests and actions, and the taxes and fees paid by these companies provide valuable revenue for the junta.
What you can do
- Show your solidarity and support on social media with the hashtags #BloodMoneyMyanmar #StopPayingToJunta #FreezeDollarToJunta
- Plan direct actions in front of their offices, branches, and headquarters of companies active in Myanmar (e.g. Primark or Adidas stores, offices of Volkswagen, or branches of DHL Deutsche Post Group). You will find a complete list and more material for a protest here: https://globalmayday.net/bloodmoneymyanmar/). In line with the campaign theme of blood money, you can use visual elements like bloody dolls or hands soaked in red color to create a “shock effect”.
- Send a letter of protest to the corporations that continue to do business with the military.