Monday, November 14, 2011

Saffron Despair


Color revolutions throughout the world add an exclusive resolute charm to the image of striking citizens. Keeping in mind the Orange Revolution of 2004 in Ukraine, I perceived the title of Saffron Revolution in Myanmar as a hint to an extensive magnitude of the event. My thoughts appeared to be completely true. Saffron color is associated with the color of robes worn by Myanmar monks. Usually the Buddhist monkhood stays away from political demagogy. The case of 2007 is unique: over 15,000 monks joined and ruled the protesters and were repeatedly injured and harmed by the police representing government.


The official Myanmar media were far from supporting the national heroes. The world heard the true story through the eyes of local journalists working for foreign media corporations. All they did had nothing to do with a sense of self-preservation or civil obedience. If someone would catch them with a camera, they’d go to prison. People were afraid to talk about their country, and local freelancers could do nothing but record. They recorded everything they saw on the streets risking their lives and lives of their relatives. The ultimate goal was to show, to show the truth at any cost and make the world aware of how it feels to be in the heart of succession of events. Despite they had to fight, they had to hide in foreign countries and lose their colleges, they did a great job. For sure, when CNN showed a few minute footage made with shivering hands from desperate fear was a highpoint and the best incentive to move forward. 
Oksana Demchenko

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