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Burmese Embassy protesters condemn police action

 

Organisers of a protest outside the Burmese Embassy in Canberra say they were surprised at the actions of police during what was meant to be a peaceful gathering.

 

Around 60 people were at the protest, watched by more than 50 Australian Federal Police, including ten in riot gear.

 

Police charged into the crowd when protesters twice set fire to the Burmese flag, with several Burmese activists hitting back and suffering cuts before calm was restored.

 

Organiser Maung Maung Than says the police action was unnecessary.

"They're very angry. They are similar to the Burmese military regime back in Rangoon - very brutal, very ignorant of civilian lives and rights," Mr Than said.