This is the case of Thuzar Lwin, 25, a member since 2007 of the National League for Democracy (NLD) of Aung San Suu Kyi. Like many others, she volunteers her time at the headquarters of the NLD, whose executives, nicknamed the "uncles", all have more than 80 years.
"I joined because I wanted to fight for the truth," said the graduate of Zoology updating membership lists with activists held recently amnestied.
"That's good, what's going on. We must continue on this path. "
In 1988, students in Rangoon had launched what was to become the largest uprising in the history of military rule. Repression had up to 3,000 dead and universities were placed under surveillance.
In 2007, the "saffron rebellion" was this time initiated by Buddhist monks. But activists in 1988 had not been praying to join them. And many are only recently out of prison.
But Min Ko Naing, 49, considered the greatest leader in 1988, found that his popularity had not suffered. He was greeted by a cheering crowd to its release in mid-January, and promised his followers to keep fighting.
In this context, the renewal of generations seems obvious. "We, the alumni of the movement of 1988, we are no longer young. So we try to work with the younger generation, "said Myo Nyunt, 46, a spokesman of the NLD Youth.
Many instinctively turn to the League, which spearheaded and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize is presented to the April elections, Sunday and mobilized tens of thousands of people on a trip to the coastal town Dawei (south).
But others seek adventure independently as Generation Wave, an underground movement formed after the revolt Safran and became known through music and poetry.
Bo Bo, a student of English, 23, left the university in 2008 by joining the movement for fear of reprisals.
"I wanted to do for my country," he says. In 2007, the military "attacked the monks peacefully protesting, I was really shocked and I was encouraged to get involved."
With his comrades, he now organizes conferences and campaigns. "We do not want to form a party," he said, while stating "try to work with certain political parties and make suggestions."
Prudent, he wants to wait a bit to see how the country will turn to "decide the direction" that might take.
Meanwhile, the April elections offer a new opportunity to make a political choice. The regime has promised they would be "free and fair" after the election of November 2010, marked by numerous protests and called a "masquerade" by the West.
"This is the second time I vote," gloats Yar Zar Phyo, 21, an engineering student, who did not expect as two years ago, when the election was only known that in 1990, after which the junta had denied his victory in the NLD.
"It changes more than ever right now," he enthuses. "Today, I say that anything is possible in my country."
Power is not even synonymous with fear. "They suspected us all the time. Anymore. Today we are free again. "