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Global day of action on Burma planned for 6 October

Oct 4, 2007 (DVB), Supporters of Burmese protestors from around the world are planning a global day of protests on 6 October to raise awareness of the situation in Burma and call for international action.

Demonstrations are already planned in many major cities in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas, and organisers hope that more locations will be added. Most of the protests are set to start at 12 noon (local time).

Johnny Chatterton, one of the organisers of the event, told DVB that the call for an international day of support came from online communities of sympathisers.

"I think as soon as something started happening in Burma people across the world wanted to unite together to show that the world condemns the actions of the Burmese military," he said.

Burma-focused NGOs had also been planning for an international solidarity event, and groups such as Burma Campaign UK and Amnesty International have been closely involved in coordinating preparations for the day.

Mr Chatterton urged people to attend local demonstrations on 6 October, which organisers hope will keep the attention of the media and the international community focused on Burma.

"I hope the demonstrations will show that the eyes of the world are still on Burma and that the world still cares about the protestors," he said.

Solidarity demonstrations have been staged in many countries already following the Burmese government's brutal crackdown on mass protests in the country.

Reporting by Siân Thomas


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