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Protests Planned Against France's Burma Policy


Demonstrations are planned in several U.S. cities today-Tuesday to protest France's opposition to European Union sanctions against Burma.

The U.S. Campaign for Burma says it will hold rallies in front of the French embassy in Washington, D.C. and at French consulates in five other cities-New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston.

The group accuses of Paris of blocking EU sanctions against Burma's military rulers to benefit the French energy giant Total, which helped build a natural gas pipeline across Burma from the Andaman Sea to Thailand.

The activist group says Burma's military forced villagers living near the pipeline to relocate.

The U.S. Campaign for Burma is part of a newly-formed coalition of 53 organizations in 18 countries formed to pressure Total to withdraw from Burma.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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