September 24, 2009

Burmese Monks March in Pittsburgh Earlier Today

In August 2007 in the country Burma (called Myanmar by the military junta) the 2007 Burmese anti-government protests broke out due to the junta suddenly and without notice removing subsidies causing the prices of diesel, petrol, and natural gas to rise drastically. Led by students and opposition political activists, the protest demonstrations were at first dealt with quickly and harshly by the junta, with dozens of protesters arrested and detained. Starting September 18 (2007), the protests had been led by thousands of Buddhist monks, and those protests had been allowed to proceed until a renewed government crackdown on September 26. These protests became known as the Saffron Revolution.

The film called Burma VJ documents this controversy firsthand by average citizens with handheld cameras. Last night at the Mattress Factory there was a screening of this film (so I hate to say if you weren't there, you missed it) but you can check for future screenings on the official site of BVJ.
The image above, as well as the images below, capture the Burmese monks from Burma marching down Liberty Ave in Pittsburgh this morning. You can read more about the event at the Matress Factory's blog.

The above photos were uploaded by flickr user Suffocating Streams, whom you should definitely checkout their other rad photos!

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