On Thursday evening, U Gambira, the Burmese monk who helped to lead 2007’s Saffron Revolution — and was only just released from prison four weeks ago — was taken away by authorities in Yangon.
As Thomas Fuller of the New York Times reports, “Since his release in January, Mr. Gambira has maintained a hard line against the government, telling an interviewer that Myanmar still had the ‘characteristics of a dictatorship.’ He has also sought to reopen a Yangon monastery that served as a center of opposition during the 2007 uprising. The monastery was shut down by the authorities after the uprising, which was crushed in a bloody crackdown. Details of Mr. Gambira’s detention were slow to emerge Friday. The Associated Press quoted a Home Ministry official in Myanmar as saying the monk had been taken in for ‘questioning in relation to an incident that happened after his release.'”