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Washington demonstrators rally to 'free Burma'

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  • Washington demonstrators join international day of action for Myanmar
  • People rally at Chinese, Indian embassies to support the cause of monks
  • China opposes U.N. efforts to issue sanctions against Myanmar's government
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- About 100 demonstrators rallied outside Myanmar's embassy in Washington on Saturday, joining an international day of action in cities around the world to "free Burma."

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A demonstrator in Washington joins the campaign to "free Burma."

Demonstrators gathered at noon and marched to the Chinese and Indian embassies to support the cause of the monks in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

Those in the group chanted, "Free Burma," "We want democracy," and "Free Aung San Sui Kyi," the detained pro-democracy leader.

Many wore red to show support for the monks who were dispersed by military force when they demonstrated by the thousands across Myanmar last week.

"I'm here to support the people who want to see a free Burma," said Julio Rodriquez, a retired nurse who joined the demonstrators.

"I'm appalled by the way the people have been treated there. And I'd like to encourage China to stop supporting them and India to stop supporting them so that you can get a democratic government." Video Watch people around the world rally for Myanmar »

Pat Salomon, a retired pediatrician, said he was "appalled that this would ever happen to monks."

"I think everyone who lives in a more free society has to come out and speak because the people of Burma can't," he said. Photo See images of the global protests for Myanmar »

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Donna Nelson, a community college professor in New York State, traveled to the nation's capital to support the Myanmar democracy movement. She said she hoped the people of Myanmar would "get the freedom they deserve and that Aung San Suu Kyi would be released from the ridiculous house arrest."

China has opposed United Nations efforts to issue sanctions against Myanmar's government. China and India have been supportive of the regime. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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