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UK Rights Group Calls For British American Tobacco To Withdraw From Burma - 2003-04-16


About 50 demonstrators opposed to British American Tobacco's investment in Burma have picketed the annual meeting of the cigarette manufacturer in London.

The Tuesday protest was organized by Burma Campaign UK, which charges that the tobacco company acted immorally by going into business with Burma's military government. The government is recognized as one of the world's most oppressive.

The French news agency AFP quotes a company spokesman as saying British American Tobacco respects the demonstrators' concerns about human rights but does not believe withdrawing from the country is the best way to resolve the question.

Information for this report is provided by AFP.

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