New Belgium Brewery and Genocide: Reparations, Accountability, and Voices from the Karen Community.
In November 2019, New Belgium announced its intention to sell out to Little Lion World Beverages. Little Lion is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kirin, a Japanese beverage giant seeking to expand its international holdings. Kirin has close and well-documented ties with the Myanmar military, which has committed horrific human rights atrocities and faced international condemnation. Kirin admits to having made direct donations to the Myanmar military during the peak of the Rohingyan genocide, resulting in a call for criminal investigation by Amnesty International in 2018. Even more troubling, Kirin maintains a close partnership with Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited (MEHL), a military-owned conglomerate. The Myanmar military directly funds much of its operations, which include genocide and other crimes against humanity, through such business ventures. In August 2019, United Nations experts condemned Kirin for helping fund a campaign of mass murder, rape, and arson against the Rohingya. The same UN report urged all businesses to completely sever financial ties with Myanmar’s military – months before New Belgium announced its plan to sell.
Refugees of the Karen Community, who now live in Denver, will share information about their history and culture, as well as the devastation of genocide.
At roughly 4:45pm we will begin our march to New Belgium for protest.