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The Freedom Collection Spotlights King Zero: Ashin Issariya

February 1, 2013 1 minute Read by Christopher Walsh

In honor of Burmese pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's historic visit to the United States, we are recognizing Burma’s brave freedom advocates featured in the Freedom Collection. Today we spotlight the Venerable Ashin Issariya , a Buddhist monk who played a key role in organizing Burma’s 2007 “Saffron Revolution.”   Also known as “King Zero,” a pseudonym that symbolized Burma had no king or dictator, Issariya coordinated peaceful demonstrations across the country that included 100,000 monks and tens of thousands of regular citizens. Issariya provides an insider’s account on inspiring monks to overcome their fear of the regime and speak out against the military junta in what became known as the “Saffron Revolution”:This post was written by Christopher Walsh, Program Coordinator of the Freedom Collection.


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Christopher Walsh
Christopher Walsh

Christopher Walsh serves as a Manager for the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute.  In this role, Christopher manages communications, evaluation, and public policy research projects that advance freedom and democracy in the world. He also develops and implements efforts to make the Bush Institute a welcoming place for today’s generation of dissidents and democracy advocates, overseeing visits for training, inspiration, and insight. 

Prior to joining the Bush Institute, Christopher worked with the International Republican Institute in Washington, D.C. As IRI’s program officer for Central and Eastern Europe, he coordinated political party building and civic advocacy programs in the Balkans and Turkey.

A native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Christopher is a graduate of American University with a B.A. in International Studies.  He currently lives in Dallas with his wife and three young children.

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