Burmese in San Francisco, supported by U.S. Buddhists and the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, demonstrated outside the Chinese Consulate today, demanding that Burma's huge neighbor and chief trading partner bring pressure on the brutal Burmese military regime.
Several hundred people, watched by the SFPD, crowded on the sidewalks on Geary Blvd.
Leaders shouted a mix of democracy slogans and religious chanting.
Protesters hold China partially responsible for the repression currently taking place in Burma. China and Russia have threatened to veto any UN action against the ruling Burmese military.
Many hope Chinese pride in the upcoming Beijing Olympics can be used to leverage more action on behalf of the Burmese people.
The struggle is long. Gotta start young.
Because of past colonial ties, the Brits seem to have faster, better stories on Burma than U.S. media. To keep up-to-date over the next few days, try Faith in Society and Newsdesk Special: burma. The military has cut off most internet access, but twitters are still getting through.
UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 30:BBC Correspondent Andrew Harding reports from Bangkok where he has been working the phones to reach his Burmese contacts: