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Thousands in London Burma protest
Pro-Burmese democracy protestors in London
Monks in London rally to show support for Burmese protesters
Thousands of people have taken to Britain's streets to support pro-democracy protestors in Burma.

The Burma Campaign UK said an estimated 3,000 people attended a march in London, which was the biggest protest for Burma in the UK so far.

Gatherings were also held in Newcastle and Brighton.

The protests happened as UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari met detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the Burmese city of Rangoon.

'Effect on morale'

The London demonstration, which was organised by the Burmese Democratic Movement Association, followed a call for action on social networking website Facebook.

The march was led from Trafalgar Square by a Buddhist monk while various members of the UK's Burmese community carried banners, flags and large portraits of Ms Suu Kyi.

Burma Campaign UK's founding member John Jackson said people wanted to show solidarity with protestors inside Burma.

He said: "I think this was basically people who have seen the images on their television screens, have seen innocent people peacefully protesting and then being brutally attacked by the Burmese military and basically they wanted to show their solidarity and their support for people inside Burma, which is actually very important.

"The thing is is making sure the news gets into Burma which is always a difficulty, but it does have an effect on people's morale inside the country if they feel people outside are both watching what is happening and also showing support."

'Silver bullet'

He called on Prime Minister Gordon Brown to ensure the EU presented a united front as he hoped continuing international pressure would make its mark.

He added although there was no "silver bullet" to solve the crisis, it was important that every country played its role.

"In Burma, the organisation, discipline and strength of the demonstrations have been the most remarkable thing," he said.

"That is what makes me think that this time it is not a movement that will simply just be put down by troops on the streets."

Demonstrators are set to converge on the German Embassy on Monday, where they will call on the country to stop blocking EU economic sanctions.


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