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Pro-Democracy Activists Rally in Thailand Against Burma's Govt.


Pro-democracy activists in Thailand are calling on the international community to increase pressure on Burma's military junta.

A small group of activists protested outside the Burmese Embassy in Bangkok today part of a global campaign to draw attention to human rights offenses allegedly committed by Burma's secretive military regime.

Organizers say protests will take place in at least 13 countries today. Activists are calling on the United Nations Security Council to intervene in what they called the military's offensive against civilians in eastern Burma. They also want the junta to release opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest.

Rights groups say Burma's military is committing violence against ethnic Karen people, including rape, murder, torture and forced labor.

They say thousands of ethnic Karen have been driven from their homes near the Thai border.

But the government says people are fleeing because of a power struggle within the Karen rebel movement. It insists anti-government groups are exaggerating the problem to spread propaganda.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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