Saffron Revolution

1. Saffron Revolution was led by saffron robed Buddhist monks with about 100,000 unarmed Burmese protesters filling out the streets of the capital Rangoon. They marched thorough the Rangoon streets demanding freedom for Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate. Monks were out to the streets barefoot; people supported them with water, flowers and balm for their feet.

2. This revolution is similar to other revolutions because it is also a cry for more freedom, and a change towards a democratic system. Out of all the revolutions studied, it is probably closest to the Philippines’s People Power revolution. In fact, it was influenced by that very revolution. It is closer to the People Power Revolution as opposed to the American Revolution or the French Revolution because both People Power and the Saffron Revolution have handled things with a more ‘modern’ approach. Also they were both under some sort of a dictatorship government. The people of Burma also try to use non violent protests to change the government. Unlike some countries, pressures from the western world to not hammer Burma as did with the Philippines. No matter how much the western world tries to make sanctions against Burma, they always have close allies in the Asian region (especially China and India). Therefore it makes this revolution a harder puzzle to solve than most of the other revolutions.

3. The Saffron rev. is an on-going revolution. The protests still go on but many have resulted in injury, deaths and imprisonment caused by the military police shooting unarmed protesters. This could mean that many may have to pay the price in order for Burma to become a democratic nation. Also, the junta seems to be in strong command, while the democracy movement is weak. This could mean that democracy might not be established in the immediate future. And even if it is there are no certain signs of a good leader that can lead the democratic Burma well, nor any political leaders that can help lead Burma to that state.

4. For the people of Burma the Saffron Revolution was a very necessary event. The military government have been limiting and hurting the Burmese people and have been violating their human rights, as seen in the 1989 massacre. Non-violence is a better method than violent revolutions but it is not enough to change the current government. Continuation of these protests may cause more tensions with the government as the government does not allow protests against their government. What needs to be done in order for this revolution to succeed is that more foreign help needs to be gained. China and other allies must realize what the Burmese government is doing and they must, along with the rest of the world, help aid Burma in order for it to become a free country.

5. Yes, the Saffron Revolution fits Brinton Crane’s Anatomy of revolutions. The phase ‘symptoms’ is clearly shown when the Burmese started to get mad over the sudden rise of fuel prices. The government has been showing clear violations of human rights and the intellectuals (political activists, students, monks etc.) start to speak out against the government. For ‘the rising fever’ the people of Burma have established a Democratic movement but it is shown to be weak and unsuccessful. The Saffron Revolution is still in the stage of ‘crisis’. A lot of violence has been displayed in recent protests. Economic conditions of Burma are poor and the government is not run properly.


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  • modernrevolutionsa

    Chris Kevin Ong Feb. 10, 2008 Block E

    The Saffron Revolution

    Causes: The military junta has oppressed and violated the human rights of the Burmese people for many years. Now, citizens and monks went out into the streets for a nonviolent protest.

    Results: the Saffron Revolution is an ongoing revolution, but at this point, it isn’t yet a success. The Burmese people continue to fight nonviolently for their freedom.

    The podcast was great! It had all the required background music and sound effects. The drama unfolded well, but the podcast could’ve been better if the sounds were arranged in a better way and a more intense background song was chosen. Other than that, good job!

    This revolution and the Kurdish revolution are similar in their current status: they aren’t successful or finished yet. They underwent the same process of being crushed by the government’s forces, but they are different in terms of the violence exercised by the revolutionaries. The Burmese were peaceful while the Kurds were violent, taking out their arms and seizing towns.

    Feb 10, 2008 at 10:10 am
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    Victor Zheng, Block A, Feb10th, 2008

    Saffron Revolution

    2. The military government of Burma have abused the people, angering them. Monks and Citizens protest in the streets, demanded democracy and the freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi, the noble Nobel laureate. It was also a demend for democracy.

    3.The revolution is still on going, people are still protesting in the streets and Burma but many have been injured, kidnapped, or killed. There may be no democracy in Burma’s immediate future.

    4.The podcast was well done, a bit dramatic. It was creative, and gave many details of the Saffron revolution. The questions being asked were creative and help tell the audience more of the revolutioin. It is indeed a little long, but the sound effects, music all matched the podcast.

    5.The Saffron revolution is similar to the Tiananmen Square Protests because both revolutions have the people protesting anganst the government and calling for democracy. Both revolutions had violence and several people killed. The revolutions are different because the Saffron is still ongoing and may still have a chance of succession, but Tiananmen failed to change the goverments policy.

    Feb 10, 2008 at 6:45 pm
  • Juri Kawada

    Juri Kawada, Block A , Feb. 10. 08

    1.) Saffron Revolution

    2.) The causes of this revolution to happen was because of the military government violating the human rights of the Burmese people. This had created the Buddhist Monks and the citizens to protest, marching through the streets unarmed, crying for freedom of the Noble laureate.

    3.) This is an ongoing revolution, and the citizens continues on protesting. Although, there were injuries, deaths and imprisonments by the junta. This revolution might still be far from being a success.

    4.) I think this podcast was awsome! It was very dramatic and it really felt as if I were there. How you all talked really showed enthusiasm, and I really liked the part where you coughed and screamed. But I think what could have been improved on was to make the podcast shorter, because it was a little long. Still, the podcast was very good. Good job!

    5.) I think that the Saffron Revolution is similar to the Singing Revolution, because the protesters did not do any violent acts. The people in the Singing Revolution also cried for freedom, and protested against the forces of Russia. But what was different is that in this revolution, the junta had shot the protesters, injuring and killing them. In the Singing Revolution there had been no bloodshed and was completely non-violent.

    Feb 10, 2008 at 7:41 pm
  • Md Fadzil Md Saad, Block A

    Saffron Revolution

    The junta government abused the people’s rights throught the years. In responce, Buddist monks and protesters marched through the streets of Rangon as protest. They demanded a change in government and the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, the political opposition.

    There have been arrests and deaths reported but a clear result is not apparent. The people are still protesting and the government wont budge. The ongoing revolution might not be resolved in the mere future.

    The podcast was cool. It brought the illusion of being there during the marches. The sounds in the back enhanced the presentation even more. Of course it was really dramatic and kept you at the edge of your seat. The sounds in the background could be louder though. Nice job!

    The revolution had some similarities with the Sharpeville massacre. What planned as a peaceful march took a different toll. Though the people of Sharpeville left their passbooks at home to be arrested intentionally. The Rangon march was only planned to express their emotions.

    Feb 10, 2008 at 8:50 pm
  • Nicole Shim

    Nicole Shim Block A Feburary 11 2008

    1. Saffron Revolution

    2. The cause for the Saffron Revolution was that the military government abused the human rights. Monks and protesters marched unarmed, demanding freedom for Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate.

    3. The Saffron Revolution is an on-going revolution. People are still protesting in streets and mamy people have resulted in injury, deaths and imprisonment. It seems this revolution can’t possibly end in the immediate future.

    4. I felt like I was there. It was very dramatic. I liked the sound effects and I could really feel that Sam was in danger, which tells us how serious the Saffron Revolution is. However, I think it could have been better if they had shorten it a little bit. Great job!

    5. The Saffron Revolution and the Singing Revolution are similar because the people in both of revolution didn’t use any violence to protest. The difference between them were that in the Saffron Revolution, the military government abused the people rights but in the Singing Revolution no evidence of violence has found. It was completely a non-violence revolution.

    Feb 11, 2008 at 8:15 pm
  • Hyun Jae (Jay) Lee

    1). Saffaron Revolution

    2). The military government in Burma abused people for a long time. So monks and protesters went into the street to revolt against the mitary government for their freedom under dictatorship.

    3). The revolution is not finshed yet. Monks and protesters still go into the street to revolt against the government, but lots of people get injured or kidnapped. I don’t the how the reovlution will end, but I think the revolution won’t be succeed.

    4). The podcast was so nice!! It was very dramatic. The reporter described the situation very well. I felt like I was in that revolution. It was creative. I have nothing to tell you about your podcast because it’s perfect! Nice Job!

    5). It has lots of similarities and differences comparing to the EDSA revolution 2. Many people went into the street to revolt against the government. But the Edsa revolution was bloodless, and it wasn’t against the dictatorship. Even though, their president Hoseph Estrada was plundered, the country’s political system was still democracy.

    Feb 11, 2008 at 9:24 pm
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    Yewon Lee - Block B - Feb 11, 2008

    1) The Saffron Revolution

    2) The causes of this revolution were the military and governments violating and injuring Burmese people their human rights in the 1989 massacre. These causes created the citizens to complain and make revolutionary.

    3) There are no results to this revolution. It is still in an on-going process. Military police shoots unarmed protesters. Democracy might not be established in the immediate future. And even if it is there are no certain signs of a good leader that can lead the democratic Burma well, nor any political leaders that can help lead Burma to that state.

    4) Good job on your podcast. Their podcast interested me and made me concentrate a lot on those sound effects and background music. I really liked the opening music. I felt like I was at the revolution. Gunshots and door closing sound effects were pretty much interesting. Good Job you guys!

    5) I couldn’t find similarities with the revolution that I have studied, First Chechen Rebellion against Russia. While the protesters of Burma tried to avoid violence, Chechnya did not avoid the violence. Chechnya thought that violence was the way for them to succeed and they thought that they could get what they want (freedom, independence) if they used violence.

    Feb 11, 2008 at 10:21 pm
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    Hyung Don Um Block A

    1) Saffron Revolution

    2) Military and governments kept on violating human rights of the citizens, and injured Burmese people. Due to this, monks and protesters protested, marching without being armed.

    3) There are still no results of this revolution, because this revolution is still going on, with monks and protesters protesting, and people still yet get injured due to it.

    4) It had nice background musics, and sound effects. The opening music makes the listener as if he is in the revolution. Voice was clear and the gun shots where in good timing.

    5) This revoulution has a huge contrast with mine, because compared EDSA revolution with this revolution, there was no violence and nobody got injured, but in here, people get hurt, arrested, and its still going on.

    Feb 12, 2008 at 3:05 pm
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    Kotaro Hirano Block B

    1. Saffron revolution.

    2. Military and the goverment invaded human rights of the citizens since long time ago, making people angry, such as monks and protesters.

    3.Thre are no results, because it is still going on.

    4.The back ground music and the sound effects were very nice,also, the voice was very clear.

    5. This revolution was not similar to mine because mine(singing revolution) did not include violence.

    Feb 12, 2008 at 3:14 pm
  • Justine Pelayo

    Saffron Revolution

    1. The cause of the whole revolution was that Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested and monks with citizens protested against this. The protest led to the violating of the protesters, which was caused by the military. This became a massacre in 1989. Furious citizens of Burma made this a revolution.

    2. There is no actual result of this particular revolution, because it is still on-going. A lot of protesters are still harassed to this day, but all they want is a democratic nation.

    3. The podcast at the same time was informative and creative, which is a bit hard to achieve. Even though the podcast was a bit longer than expected, I didn’t care because it was obviously fun to listen to the podcast. The sound effects were very real, plus the voices were clear and full of expression. A very good podcast, all in all.

    4. It’s obviously not similar, since the Saffron Revolution is still on-going and a lot of people are still being violated. The Civil Rights Movement is not similar with this revolution because blacks now are considered citizens of America, and they are just as equal as the whites. But, the blacks were against the government and the protesters are also in the same position.

    Feb 12, 2008 at 7:05 pm
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    Christine Lee Block H

    1. Burma Revolution (saffron revo) 2. It is that the citizens and the monks are protesting against the government becuase they dont want the country to be ruled as a military dictatorship. 3. The Revolution has been ended yet. It is currently going on. 4. Yes, indeed. I felt like i was there, standing by the reporter, running away from the police officers. Due to the fact that the background music really made sense and it connects to the dangerous situation. 5. I too am doing the Saffron Revolution. It really connects to what i am doing.

    Feb 13, 2008 at 9:36 pm
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    Arcee Reyes. Block H. Feb. 14, 2008

    (brief explanation) The citizens and the monks of Burma have been protesting against the government, due to the military dictatorship that has been happening in that country.

    (results) Basically, until now, the revolution is still going on, and nothing has been resolved yet, and that there is still no conclusion to the revolution.

    (podcast) I thought it was a great recording. Because the sound effects in the background made me feel like I was actually, there, hearing the protesters in the background.

    (comparison) The revolution to ours is EXACTLY(not really) the same, mainly because I have studied the same revolution.

    Feb 14, 2008 at 12:18 am