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Last Updated: Saturday September 29 2007 11:53 GMT

Hopes for end to trouble in Burma

Protests in Burma

There are hopes for an end to the violence that's been happening in Burma, south east Asia.

Over the past week, soldiers and police have been fighting with protestors who don't agree with the way the country is being run.

But now the United Nations has sent a representative to try to get the two sides to talk to each other so the trouble can be stopped peacefully.

At least nine people were killed in violent clashes on Thursday.

People in Burma aren't allowed to vote for the people in charge of their country, so are protesting for change.

Military rule

Map graphic of Burma
Protests have been held in towns all over Burma
It's ruled by the military, also called the ruling junta. No-one else there has a say in how the country is run.

The protests have been led by monks, but over the last week or so security forces have gone into the monasteries where they live and arrested hundreds of them.

Journalists banned

Monks protesting in Burma
It's really difficult for people from outside the country to find out what happens in Burma, as many journalists aren't allowed to report from there.

The British government has asked the Burmese rulers to let the peaceful protests take place.

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