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Facebook protest group 100,000 plus members

Facebook protest group 100,000 plus members

A Facebook group formed to support the pro-democracy protests in Burma that have dominated international headlines this week has attracted more than 100,000 members.

The group, which features video footage of clashes between Burmese monks and the military, was set up by former Leeds University student Johnny Chatterton. In all it has signed up 100,130 members.

It urges members to take further action through joining the 'US Campaign for Burma' and encourages people to hold vigils and attend marches.

Earlier today, the Reuters news agency reported that Burma's military regime is suspected of cutting off public internet access.

Internet cafes were closed and an official at Burma's main internet service provider said that the connection was not working due to a damaged cable.

Bloggers in Burma and the internet generally have played a major part in getting stories out of the country, which is a former British colony now ruled by an onerous military dictatorship.

The crisis in Burma began on August 19 when rallies against a fuel price increase began.

The unrest then escalated dramatically when monks began joining the protests, marking the strongest challenge to the ruling military junta in two decades.

Hundreds of people have been killed and injured including a Japanese cameraman, who was shot in Rangoon when soldiers with automatic rifles fired into crowds demanding an end to 45 years of military rule.


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