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Burma Activists in Petition Drive Calling for Political Dialogue


Pro-democracy activists in Burma say a petition campaign calling for political dialogue in the military-ruled nation has garnered more than 200,000 signatures so far.

Kyaw Min Yuu, one of the campaign's organizers, says the petition is a way for people to participate in politics in the tightly-controlled country.

The signature campaign - seen as a rare show of protest in Burma - was launched earlier this month October 2nd by an informal group of student leaders who were key figures in the 1988 movement that sought to end military rule.

Five of the group's members had been detained a few days before the campaign began.

The petition demands the release of all political prisoners, including pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and urges the military government to hold talks with opposition and ethnic minority leaders.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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