World Pressure Bears Down on Burma

Protesters around globe stage protests as US weighs sanctions
By Asta Hostetter,  Newser User
Posted Oct 6, 2007 10:36 AM CDT
Buddhist monks and supporters for democracy in Myanmar hold a candle light vigil against the countrys military regime, in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007. Cities across Asia launched a day of...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Protesters around the world staged a series of rallies today to protest Burma's crackdown on dissent and show support for the nation's monks. The protests began in New Zealand and were to continue in big cities throughout the world at noon local time, the BBC reported. The US and other Western nations, meanwhile, began pushing for UN sanctions.

The protests are an "international outcry" to show Burma's leaders that the world is outraged over its violent crackdown, said Amnesty International. At least 10 people were killed in last week's unrest and thousands were arrested. On the diplomatic front, it's not clear how effective Western nations will be at the UN because China and Russia remained opposed to punitive action.