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Demonstrators in London and Other World Cities Protest Burma Crackdown

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Demonstrations against Burma's crackdown on pro-democracy activists took place on Saturday in several cities across Asia, Europe and North America.

In London, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown spoke to a delegation of Burmese democracy campaigners and Buddhist monks. Mr. Brown voiced his support for international efforts to stop the violence in Burma. He also said he wants new sanctions on the military government.

Following that meeting, three thousand protesters marched to London's Trafalgar Square. Smaller protests were held in Stockholm, Brussels and Paris.

Demonstrators in front of UN headquarters in New York called on China to do more to help end repression in Burma.

Earlier in the day, demonstrators numbering in the hundreds gathered in several Asian cities, including Sydney, Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.

In a statement Friday, the rights group Amnesty International condemned the use of violence against peaceful protesters, and called on the UN Security Council to immediately impose a comprehensive and mandatory arms embargo on that country. It also called for the release of all prisoners of conscience in Burma.

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