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Amnesty International Calls for Global Day of Burma Protests


People around the world plan to march today - Saturday to protest Burma's crackdown on pro-democracy activists.

The rights group Amnesty International says protests will be held in at least a dozen countries, including Australia, Britain, Belgium, Mongolia, New Zealand, Sweden and the United States.

In a statement Friday, the rights group 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 the country.

Amnesty International said the demonstrations would call for an end to attacks on protesters in Burma and the immediate release of those detained for participation in peaceful assemblies (unless they are charged with a recognizably criminal
offense). The statement also called for the release of all prisoners of conscience.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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