Wednesday, May 07, 2008

A Burmese Monk's Reflections on the Struggle for Democracy

This article is an interview of Buddhist monk U Pandavamsa, who spent 8 years and 4 months as a prisoner of Burma's military Junta.

This article was produced under the South-east Asian Press Alliance.

The interview was made in 2006, focused on the religions situation in Burma.

A Burmese Monk’s Reflections on the Struggle for Democracy

Posted: 2007-07-18

By Wahyuana*

Buddhist monk U Pandavamsa spent eight years and four months as a prisoner of Burma’s military junta. Along with 300 monks, his colleagues in Nga Hut Gyi monastery in Rangoon, Pandavamsa was picked up in 1997 for refusing to accept alms donated by the ruling junta. The donation was given by senior general Saw Maung, chairman of the State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) to hundreds of monasteries in Rangoon.

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