11th anniversary of Saffron Revolution remembered

EMG reporter

The 11th anniversary of Saffron Revolution was celebrated at Dhamma Piya Monastery in Thingangyun Township, Yangon on September 18.

At the ceremony, leading monks sent open letters to the President, the State Counsellor and the military chief regarding the requirements in democratic transition, peace process and rule of law, national reconciliation and political and religious affairs.

"Like in 2007 when the saffron revolution surfaced in our country, we are now in a similar situation. To ease our sufferings, peace process must be carried out after the 2008 constitution has been abolished. We must try to improve people's living conditions. Only then, will the people improve their lives. We have to raise the current low status. We call for genuine peace. If there are delays in the efforts to achieve real peace, both the government and military would confront public outcry," said U Sanda Siri, a leading member monk of the Saffron Revolution.

Copies of the open letter were sent to President Win Myint, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Peace Process Steering Team leader Saw Mutu Say Poe, United Nationalities Federal Council general secretary Khu Oo Reh and UNSA Lashio Liaison Office in-charge Nyi Yan.

"In the letter, we call for dialogue for peace efforts. Dialogue is necessary to achieve genuine peace. Only if we call a dialogue after the abolishment of the constitution or without this constitution, will we be able to achieve real peace. We urge them all to call a dialogue as quickly as possible in the interest of the country and the people," said the monk.

A veteran monk known as Yaypu Sayadaw from Mogok in Mandalay Region said came to the ceremony without fail as any politician knows the significant history of saffron revolution in Myanmar's politics.

The ceremony was also attended by 88 student general leaders Min Zeya and Ko Ko Gyi.

Saffron Revolution is a term used to describe a series of economic and political protests and demonstrations that took place during August, September and October 2007 in Myanmar.

The various protests in the form of a campaign of nonviolent resistance were led by students, political activists, including women, and Buddhist monks.