Dissident monk faces new charges

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A dissident Burmese monk who helped lead an anti-government uprising is facing new legal action, in part for breaking into monasteries sealed by the former military junta after the mass street protests five years ago.

Shin Gambira, 33, is charged with "squatting" illegally in a monastery shut down by the government and breaking into two others, the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported yesterday.

Jailed after helping to lead the 2007 Saffron Revolution against the then-ruling military junta, he was freed in an amnesty last month.