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Burmese Authorities Release Activist Monk After Second Detention

Posted March 8th, 2012 at 4:35 am (UTC-5)
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Relatives of a Buddhist monk who led Burma’s 2007 Saffron Revolution say he was released late Wednesday after being questioned overnight by authorities. Ashin Gambiya’s older brother, Aung Kyaw Kyaw, told VOA’s Burmese service that Gambiya was questioned about a recent visit to Kachin State in northern Burma. It was the second time Gambiya has […]

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Burmese Authorities Detain Activist Monk

Posted March 7th, 2012 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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Relatives of a Buddhist monk who led Burma’s 2007 Saffron Revolution say he has been detained for questioning by authorities. Ashin Gambiya’s older brother, Aung Kyaw Kyaw, told VOA’s Burmese service that Gambiya was arrested by members of Burma’s military intelligence department (Special Branch) late Tuesday at his sister’s home in Rangoon. He says the […]

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Leading Burmese Monk Detained, Facing Charges

Posted February 19th, 2012 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A leading dissident monk in Burma is facing new legal problems just weeks after he was released from prison. Burma’s state media, New Light, says Shin Gambira stands accused of illegally “squatting” in one monastery in the country’s main city, Rangoon, that had been sealed by authorities and then breaking into two others. Gambira played […]

Leading Burmese Monk Detained, Facing Charges

Posted February 19th, 2012 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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A leading dissident monk in Burma is facing new legal problems just weeks after he was released from prison. Burma’s state media, New Light, says Shin Gambira stands accused of illegally “squatting” in one monastery in the country’s main city, Rangoon, that had been sealed by authorities and then breaking into two others. Gambira played […]

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Burmese Activist Monk Taken into Custody

Posted February 10th, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese authorities have detained a Buddhist monk who was recently freed from prison for leading widespread anti-government protests in 2007. Witnesses say monk U Gambiya was taken early Friday morning from a monastery in Rangoon. Police later confirmed the detention, but declined to provide further details. The monk’s roommate told VOA’s Burmese service police arrived […]

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Burmese Activist Monk Taken into Custody

Posted February 10th, 2012 at 2:10 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese authorities have detained a Buddhist monk who was recently freed from jail for leading the 2007 anti-government protests. Witnesses told Western news outlets that Shin Gambira was taken early Friday morning from a monastery in Rangoon by several men who identified themselves as members of the government’s Rangoon division. The men did not say […]

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Tibetan Monk Self-Immolates in Anti-China Protest

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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A Tibetan Buddhist monk has set himself on fire in western China, making him the fifth monk to attempt self-immolation this year. The Tibetan exile network, known as Free Tibet, reported the monk aged 17 or 18, is from the Kirti monastery in western Sichuan near the Tibetan border. It said the monk was holding […]

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China Seals Off Region After Tibetan Monk’s Immolation

Posted August 16th, 2011 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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Tibetan exile groups say telephone and Internet access has been cut off in an area of western China where a Tibetan monk burned himself to death Monday. The groups say 29-year-old Tsewang Norbu drank gasoline and poured it over himself after shouting slogans and distributing leaflets calling for the return of the Dalai Lama. He […]

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Tibetan Monk Self-Immolates in China Protest

Posted August 15th, 2011 at 9:45 am (UTC-5)
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News reports from western China say a Buddhist monk died Monday after setting himself on fire in an apparent protest against an ongoing Chinese crackdown on Tibetan monks. The death, confirmed by China’s official Xinhua news agency, occurred in an ethnic Tibetan area of Sichuan province known as Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. The London-based Free […]

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