Begining of the Saffron Revolution

Begining of the Saffron Revolution

Begining of the Saffron RevolutionTaking place in August, September, and October of 2007 the Saffron Revolution began over the Burmese government’s removal of subsidies on the sale of fuel, coming to a head after growing economic concern. At the time the average Burmese income was below $300 a year, while the junta lived comparably lavish lives in a military state, some worth millions of dollars. With the government having a full monopoly over oil the rise in price led to an increase in the cost of food and a tipping point with the public. The most vocal of protesters being Buddhist monks gave the protests their name after their saffron colored robes. Afraid that these protests would cause concern outside of Myanmar, the government implemented strict laws on filming, they also blocked all websites and web based email preventing an information flow in and out of the country. Many Burmese journlists risked their lives sneaking footage of the protests across the border into Thailand to leak onto the internet. Eventually compiled into the documentary “Burma VJ,” the videos eventually went viral helping bring awareness to the issue.