- Good news for Kovida: He will soon be moving to the US where he has been granted political asylum. He wants to continue helping Burma.
- Ashin Kovida's group, the Monks Representative Committee, "has reorganized in several cities inside Burma earlier this year with 50 new members. They've issued a statement pledging to protest again this month if the government doesn't take action for political reconciliation" writes Leslie Hook of the WSJ.
"Mr. Ashin is clearly devastated by what he perceives as the "failure" and the "defeat" of the protests. But most of his disapoointment is directed not at the lackluster efforts of the United Nations -- "people outside seem to forget about Burma," he says -- but at his fellow Burmese.If you haven't already seen them, check out these posts which recount parts of my interview with Ashin Kovida.
"If the MPs had been actively involved, then our demonstrations could have changed something," he says. "It is a great loss for our struggle. But they were just watching and waiting."