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Trip Report 2009

Trip Report 2009

The "Saffron Revolution" against the ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) in September 2007, led by thousands of Burmese monks, sparked renewed hopes of change; it ended, as so often before, with the military junta consolidating its stranglehold. Nominally Buddhist – indeed fervently so - the SPDC had no compunction in including many religious people in the mass arrests, beatings, and non-judicial killings and disappearances. The harshness of the crackdown was clearly intended to remove any remaining opposition to the "seven-step road to democracy", the last stage of which had been the sham referendum on a new constitution on May 10th 08.

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