Saffron Revolution: a Nonviolent Army for Democracy

The 2007 uprising in Burma forced the international community to confront its duplicity in supporting a violent military regime. In 2007, thousands of Burmese monks joined in a massive uprising against their country’s authoritarian military regime. The Saffron Revolution, as it came to be known, brought the attention of the world to the Southeast Asian country where the flow of information is tightly controlled. Though the uprising did not overthrow the military government, many of those involved in it consider it a success. “The Saffron Revolution showed the world the cruelty of this regime. This is one tangible victory,” says monk U Gawsita. Since the protests, pressure from the international community has mounted, and many countries support trade embargoes against the regime... read more
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