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Former Burmese Dissident Monk Gambira Disrobes - Southeast Asia Real TimeBy Shibani Mahtani and Celine Fernandez Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Myanmar dissident Buddhist monk Gambira attends a ceremony at a monastery in Yangon on Feb 19. After years of imprisonment and detention, Gambira– once a prominent dissident Buddhist monk in Myanmar – has disrobed and is now a civilian. Gambira, who like most monks goes by one name, was instrumental in leading popular anti-government protests in 2007 known as the Saffron Revolution, which Myanmar’s then-military regime stifled with a brutal crackdown. Although Gambira was released in January, he was detained for questioning, according to reports from the Associated Press, and released shortly after. Those close to the former monk said he has continued to voice his antipathy for Myanmar’s civilian and reformist government since being released – leading to a string of difficulties that ultimately prevented him from continuing his life in the monastery. “It is very sad.