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Three Protesters Arrested At Burmese Embassy In Washington - 2003-08-08


Federal officials have arrested three protesters who attempted to scale the front of the Burmese embassy in Washington to hang a banner critical of the country's military government.

U.S. Secret Service officers said the three women were arrested Thursday for "unlawful entry" at Burma's embassy. Officials say they had climbed a ladder to the embassy's second floor balcony, where they attempted to unfurl a banner reading "Expel the Ambassador Now."

The three were part of some 70 activists who gathered outside the embassy to mark Friday's 15th anniversary of a pro-democracy uprising in Burma. The uprising was crushed by Burmese military forces and thousands of people were thought to have been killed.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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