And The Revolution Goes On
After the euphoria of the release of political prisoners and the chance to spend time with the 88 Generation Students throughout the week in the build up to their press conference last Saturday (images to follow soon!), other stories that I had previously planned to cover now took on a different perspective and with that slight change in direction came the welcome opportunity to meet with U Gambira, the leader of the monk led Saffron Revolution in September 2007.
U Gambira at Maggin Monastery, just days after his release from Myaungmya prison where he was serving a 63 year sentence
Having been brutally tortured during his time incarcerated he appeared well and fully focused and determined in continuing where he left off back in 2007 with the religious boycott of the military and working to bring about the freedom of the remaining political prisoners behind bars. You can watch an interview with him here on RFA Burmese TV and below is the article that appeared in the Independent newspaper featuring my portrait above. Last saturday, along with other recently released political prisoner monks, U Gambira officially received his robes again, during a ceremony at Magwe monastery in north Dagon (see photo above). With the 88 Generation Students and hundreds of other former political prisoners and dissidents in attendance it was no surprise to see plenty of Military Intelligence photographing and filming the event. I think it was also no surprise to MI that once again they were filming me too!