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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