Imprisoned Saffron Revolution Monk Leader U Gambira on Hunger Strike

An imprisoned Burmese monk who was one of the leaders of the 2007 anti-government protests has been on a hunger strike since Friday to demand better treatment in prison, according to a family member and prison sources.

U Gambira, a 31-year old Buddhist monk who is well-known for his leadership role in the “Saffron Revolution” and is now serving a 68-year prison term in Kalay prison in Upper Burma, launched the hunger strike together with other political prisoners.

Since the hunger strike began Gambira has not been allowed any visitors, according to his sister Khin Thuzar.

She said that she was not allowed to meet with him when she went to the prison on the first day of the hunger strike and did not know the exact number of political prisoners who were staging the strike.

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