A day of global protests against Myanmar's junta began in cities across Asia on Saturday, after the military regime admitted detaining hundreds of Buddhist monks when troops turned their guns on pro-democracy demonstrators last week.
Hoping to send a message to the generals that "the world is still watching," rights group Amnesty International organized marches in more than two dozen Asian, European and North American cities.
Hundreds marched in the Australian city of Melbourne behind a banner demanding "No More Bloodshed." A smaller crowd of about 50 turned out in Bangkok, Thailand. In Malaysia's biggest city, Kuala Lumpur, 300 people attended a candlelight vigil Friday evening outside the city's tallest buildings, the Petronas Twin Towers.
More rallies were planned in New Zealand, Austria, Belgium, England, France, Ireland, Spain and Switzerland, the United States and Canada.