Thursday, September 27, 2007

Bush hits out at 'brutal' Burma


US President George W Bush has led international condemnation of Burma after more people were killed in its crackdown on popular protests.

The US imposed sanctions targeting Burma's military leaders and called on China, one of Burma's closest partners, to put more pressure on the country.

Beijing appealed for calm, and Burma's neighbours, in unusually harsh criticism, expressed "revulsion".

Nine people were killed on Thursday, official media reported.

They included eight protesters and a Japanese video journalist.

However, diplomatic sources in Rangoon said they feared the real number might be much higher.

Australian Ambassador Bob Davis said it might be "several multiples of the 10 acknowledged by the authorities".......

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