Protest demands end to Burmese military rule

A major protest demanding United Nations action against the oppressive military regime in Burma will be held in Dublin today, coinciding with similar demonstrations throughout the globe.

Hundreds are expected to take to O’Connell Bridge at noon for the second such Irish solidarity protest in a week, supported by Burma Action Ireland.

Campaigners are urging the international community to pressurise the Burmese government into ending its military crackdown and release all political prisoners.

The ruling junta arrested and interrogated hundreds of people during last week’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy marches, which were led by the country’s Buddhist monks.

Campaigners will wear red headbands in solidarity with the revered religious leaders under arrest.

The global protest is also being supported by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the International Trade Union Congress, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Avaaz and hundreds of other groups.

Similar demonstrations will be taking place today in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, India, New Zealand, Norway, South Korea, Thailand, the UK and the US.

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