Solidarity protests held around the world

Oct 1, 2007 (DVB), Demonstrations are being held and planned around the world as an expression of solidarity with protestors in Burma.

Demonstrators in Asia, Europe and North America have come out in support of the recent anti-government protests in Burma which were brutally suppressed by the regime.

In India, about 100 people, including Burmese activists living in exile and monks of Burmese citizenship, staged a demonstration on Parliament Road in the Indian capital New Delhi yesterday to protest the military regime's brutal treatment of Burmese monks and protestors.

Protestors chanted slogans in Hindi calling for the release of Burmese opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and for action to be taken against the junta for causing the deaths of several protestors inside the country, including monks.

In South Korea, hundreds of protestors marched on the Burmese embassy in Seoul. They included exiled Burmese activists, National League for Democracy (Liberated Area) members, Burmese workers and South Koreans sympathetic to the Burmese protestors’ plight.

Ms Ju Ji-Young, coordinator of Free Burma Korea, expressed her shock at the brutal crackdowns against protestors.

"We are very shocked and sad to see the military dictators killing not only civilians but also monks. We are now doing what we can to support the Burmese people's fight to bring down the military dictatorship," she said.

Further demonstrations are planned in other countries over the coming days, with online communities of supporters of the Burmese demonstrations calling for an international day of action on 6 October.

In the UK, an estimated 3,000 people took part in a demonstration in London organised by the Burmese Democratic Movement Association, a Burmese community organisation, according to Burma Campaign UK.

Reporting by Khin Maung Soe Min and DVB

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