Protesters gather in Hiroshima to sound off for democracy in Myanmar

The G7 leaders have a lot on their plates at this summit. But people from Myanmar do not want the turmoil in their country to fall through the cracks.

Dozens of pro-democracy activists staged a rally in Hiroshima as the summit got underway Friday.

Many traveled from distant parts of Japan to call on the G7 to take action against Myanmar's military junta. Organizers want to remind world leaders of the millions of people displaced by the violence.

Myint Swe from Federation of Workers' Union of the Burmese Citizen said, "We need humanitarian support. We are asking the G7 leaders to help the people of Myanmar as much as possible, just like they're helping the people of Ukraine."

Human rights workers say more than 3,500 people have been killed by the military since it seized power in 2021.

The coup's opponents say the international community needs to step in and cut off the army's flow of income.

They say that's the pathway toward restoring Myanmar's democracy.