Friday, 18 January 2008

More Street Protests Predicted In Burma

Matthew Weaver
Thursday January 17, 2008
Guardian Unlimited

Britain's ambassador to Burma today predicted more anti-government streets protests of the kind that were brutally put down last September.

In a briefing to journalists, Mark Canning condemned the military junta for failing to tackle the underlying political "anger" that led to last autumn's unrest.

The Burmese government says 30 people were killed when troops fired on demonstrators but human rights activists fear that hundreds may have died.

Canning said the mood in Burma was "fearful and angry", and he pointed out that a group of around 40 people protested this week in Rangoon, despite the continued "heavy presence" of the police on the streets.

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