June 24, 2018
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Sixth ‘Saffron Revolution’ commemoration in Mandalay

File picture of monks protesting against the military junta in Myanmar during the ‘Saffron Revolution’ of 2007.

The commemoration ceremony of the sixth anniversary of the 'Saffron Revolution' will be held at the Kattakkone Monastery in Mandalay, on September 26.

The monks will urge the government to return seized farmlands to the original owners at the ceremony, said Sayadaw U Kaviya, the Abbot of the monastery.

“We will urge the government to amend the Constitution and return seized farmlands to the farmers”, said Sayadaw U Kaviya.

He added, “The Saffron Revolution took place seven days after I was released from prison. When I heard the monks’ prayers I became tearful. I could feel what they felt.”

The organizing committee of the ceremony has been formed with five Buddhist monks, according to Sayadaw U Kaviya.

In Mandalay, Sayadaw U Kaviya is popularly known as Galoneni Sayadaw. He was imprisoned by the military junta for taking a leading role in the 1988 pro-democracy uprising.

During the Saffron Revolution in 2007, monks  in Mandalay together with students protested against the military junta. Therefore, students’ unions will take participation in the ceremony, according to 88-generation student Nyi Nyi Kyaw.

“The main participants will be Buddhist monks, followed by students. It will not be an ordinary ceremony. We will issue a statement expressing ‘political essence’”, he said.

The term 'Saffron Revolution' has been derived from the Buddhist monks who led the mass anti-junta uprising in their saffron colored robes, in September 2007.

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