Posts Tagged ‘Gambira’

U Gambira transferred to Insein Prison, Facing up to 30 Years

December 3, 2012

U Gambira transferred to Insein Prison, Facing up to 30 Years

UPDATE Daw Yay (U Gambira’s mother) was not arrested, but she was there when her son was arrested and she insisted that she should be brought together with her son. That’s why she was brought to police station where U Gambira was official charged and remanded. (more…)

Fake monk Wai Rathu should learn from the real good monks

September 2, 2012
Monks Protesting in Burma, September 2007

Monks Protesting in Burma, September 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

U Gambira

U Gambira (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During the darkest days of the dictatorship, after the arrests of most secular political leaders in the 1990s, it was the monks who led resistance to the junta. These “sons of Buddha” could organize discreetly inside their monasteries and spread pro-democracy, anti-regime sentiments to the people. Perhaps the most charismatic was Ashin Gambira, now 33, a leader of the Saffron Revolution. After the junta crushed the uprising, Gambira’s monastery in Yangon was shut down and the monk was arrested and sentenced to 63 years in prison. He withstood four years of torture and beatings and was freed on January 13. Gambira promptly resumed his harsh critiques of the government.

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