A 2007 photo of Buddhist monks protesting against military rule in Myanmar is shared as recent

A photo across a post is widely shared on social media claiming that Buddha’s followers are protesting in the streets as they are being prevented from following their religious practices. This is shared as a recent manifestation. Let’s check the facts of the claim made in the message.

To claim: Recent photo of Buddhist monks protesting in the streets.

Made: The photo is not recent, it dates from 2007. The photo comes from a demonstration of Buddhist monks marching in Yangon on September 24, 2007, against the military regime in Myanmar. In early 2021, there were few protests by Buddhist monks in Myanmar against the military coup, but the photo is unrelated to these recent protests. Therefore, the claim made in the message is MISLEADING.

When the reverse image search is performed on the photo, the same photo was found in an article. The article published on September 26, 2007 concerns Buddhist monks from Burma/Myanmar who were protesting against the then military regime in Myanmar. Photo shows Buddhist monks marching in Yangon September 24, 2007. According to reports, what started as a protest against rising prices slowly turned into a wider movement against military rule.

Myanmar’s Buddhist monks came out in large numbers to protest against military rule in 2007. This was part of a series of economic and political protests that were then widely referred to as the Saffron Revolution. Indian Buddhist monks have also protested against the atrocities committed against Buddhists in Myanmar by the military rulers. There were also some protests by Buddhist monks in Myanmar against the military coup in early 2021.

To sum up, a 2007 photo of Buddhist monks protesting against military rule in Myanmar is shared as recent.

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