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Burma’s Generals Continued their Ruthless Campaign

Burma’s Ruling Generals Continued their Ruthless Campaign

Press Release: Terry Evans

23 November 2008

Burma’s ruling generals continued their ruthless campaign to silence opposition, with another 35 dissidents sentenced to long prison terms on Friday.


Among those sentenced in further closed trials at Rangoon’s infamous Insein Prison was prominent monk Ashin Gambira, the leader of the monk-led September 2007 Saffron Revolution, who received additional prison time bring his total sentence to 68 years. Five other Buddhist monks also received long prison terms for their part in the September 2007 uprising.

To date more than a hundred pro-democracy activists, including Buddhist monks, members of Burma's leading opposition party the National League for Democracy, together with members of the prominent pro-democracy 88 Generation Students' Group, have been sentenced in closed trials by junta-appointed judges since the beginning of November. The longest prison sentence of 68 years being reserved for Ashin Gambira, the leader of last year's Saffron Revolution.

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