British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has criticized the Burmese government for its crackdown on recent protests over rising fuel costs.
In a statement today, Mr. Brown said he "deeply deplores" what he called Burma's "violent suppression of peaceful demonstrations." He accused the government of economic mismanagement and human rights violations.
The British prime minister called for the release of the more than 100 people arrested since the start of the protests on August 19th.
He said he supports calls for the United Nations Security Council to examine the situation. The United States has also condemned the arrests.