18 nov. 2008

Birmania. Sangue su sangue.



Oggi è stata la volta di Ashin Gambira (più noto come U Gambira), non ancora trentenne, uno degli esponenti principali della protesta dei monaci che in lui avevano trovato una guida politica. Nascostosi per settimane dopo la repressione, è stato scoperto ed arrestato insieme al padre lo scorso novembre. Gli hanno dato dodici anni ma è solo la prima di una lunga serie di sentenze che lo attendono. Con lui altri compagni di sventura.

Ashin Gambira, one of the organizers of a monk-led uprising that captured international headlines last year, was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment on Tuesday by a special court convened behind closed doors at Rangoon’s Insein Prison.

Intelligence agents arrested Ashin Gambira along with his father last November while he was hiding in Sintgaing Township, Mandalay Division. The authorities later forcibly disrobed him without consulting with the Buddhist monastic community, which alone has the authority to expel monks.

Besides Ashin Gambira, at least four other people received lengthy sentences today for their involvement in the protests, including fellow monk U Kaylar Tha from Mandalay Township, who was sentenced to 35 years imprisonment by the Kyimyindaing Township special court in Insein prison.

Three ethnic activists were also sentenced today in connection with the monk-led protests. Ethnic Arakanese protester Tin Htoo Aung and Chin activist Kam Lat Hkoat were sentenced to 33 years imprisonment each, while another Chin activist, Kat Hkant Kwal, was given an eight-year sentence
Chi è U Gambira e perché la sua figura è così importante. Pochi giorni fa la rivista dell'esilio Mizzima gli aveva dedicato questo commosso editoriale.

La Birmania sta morendo dissanguata. Lo sapete, no?
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