Friday, November 11, 2011

Saffron Revolution

In the breaking video that shows the Buddhists’ demonstration and suppression by the government in 2007. At 22 September 2007, Buddhists stood up to against the military regime for dialog, change and release of San Suu Kie, who had been confined in her house for long time. In the night, the government announced not to assemble in the street, but the Buddhist ignored the announcement and continued to raise their voice. However, this time one Buddhist was died and some were wounded. The government took a forceful measure. The military converged to the temple, injured the Buddhists and arrested them. There had been 225 monks, but after the incident, about 50 monks left in the place. However, after the interview, the left of monks were also arrested. It seemed to be the worst case and people looked like disappointed. The rest of the Buddhists (maybe around 5 to 7) rose up from anywhere and tried to pursue their demands.

In this time, Japanese journalist, Kenji Nagai, was shot dead by a soldier. He was one of the stringer at AFP based on Tokyo. Fuji TV, one of the biggest TV company in Japan, reported Nagai was shot at close range intentionally and military authorities kept watching him because he had mobile phone it was rare at Rangoon. The reporting said the watchmen commanded to kill him.  After Mainichi newspaper got the top secret document, it was clear that military authorities ordered to kill any people had a camera. Therefore, Nagai was ranked at the most important target to shoot. The Adrees Latif, works at Reuters as photojournalist, was a correspondent in Myanmar at this time and took right before Kenji’s death pictures and was nominated Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography. These pictures depict Nagai tried to take pictures right before his death. This successive event is known as Saffron Revolution because of the clothes worn by the Buddhists.

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