November 15, 2008
Burma: Democracy Leaders Jailed
BY FRONTLINE/World Editors
As a chilling message to anyone who dares speak out against Burma's military regime, the ruling junta handed down sentencing this week to 14 veteran democracy advocates. They received 65-year prison terms for their role in last year's September uprising.
Five monks involved in the protests also received 6 1/2 year sentences; and in the past few days alone, more than 30 Burmese dissidents have been condemned to prison or hard labor.
The world watched last year as hundreds of thousands of monks and citizens lead a peaceful anti-government protest that came to be known as the Saffron Revolution. Our correspondent took several undercover forays into Burma, meeting with dissident leaders, and filming the violent crackdown that followed.
In the most recent report, our correspondent, who has remained anonymous to continue reporting in Burma, tracked down the few leaders of the uprising who managed to escape into hiding on the Thai-Burmese border. The report takes a look at what remains of Burma's democracy movement and what the future holds, given the junta's continuing brutal oppression of its own people.