Three Buddhist monks gave a chilling account of the brutality inflicted by the military regime during the 2007 Saffron Revolution in Burma which resulted in more than 450 of their fellow monks imprisoned and countless others tortured, killed and exiled.
In a program entitled “A Conversation with Three Monks: The Struggle for Democracy in Burma”, the monks – U Pyinya Zawta, U Gawsita and U Agga - spoke personally and movingly of being beaten by “intoxicated and drugged soldiers” during protests in the fall of 2007 throughout Burma. Tens of thousands of monks had been mobilized to lead the demonstrations – the first major protest in modern time for the military ruled country.
Sponsored by Amnesty International NYC Group 9/280, the presentation was made before a rapt audience at the Columbia University Law School on April 18, 2011. Maureen Aung-Thwin, Director of the Burma Project/Southeast Asia Initiative of the Open Society Institute, served as moderator and Aung Moe Win was translator.