Thursday, 9 February 2012

BBC News - Burmese protest leader monk Gambira 'taken away'

Burmese protest leader monk Gambira 'taken away'

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The Burmese monk U Gambira has been taken away by authorities, sources told the BBC's Burmese service.

Gambira, one of the leaders of the August 2007 anti-government protests, was among several high profile political prisoners released on 13 January by the country's civilian, military-backed government.

He was taken from a monastery in Yangon early Friday morning, his brother said.

It remains unclear where and why he had been taken.

Some 15 officials came in three cars at about 01:15 local time (1845 GMT Thursday), a monk who was with Gambira told the BBC.

These officials are from government religious authority department and Yangon division government, he added.

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