Published on Thursday, 29 November 2012 14:05
Aung San Suu Kyi welcomed by the crowd in Monywa (Photo - EMG)
National League for Democracy (NLD) chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi flew to central Myanmar today to deliver a talk and check on protests against a copper mine project.
Suu Kyi will be meeting the local residents of Kankone village in Sarlingyi Township in Monywa but will visit to the copper mine project site, where police today dispersed the camps of protestors with water cannon and flammable chemical weapons.
"She wanted to know feelings of the local residents and the impact of this (copper mine) project," said Dr Zaw Myint Maung, an MP of NLD.
Local residents have been protesting against the mine project for land grabbing and fear of pollution from the mine for several months now. Around 200 people had set up six camps in the project area and refused to vacate when authorities ordered them to disperse. Early this morning, the police raided the camps with water cannons and chemical weapons and took control of three camps. Several people including monks have been injured during the raid.
The Lapadaungtaung copper mine project is jointly operated by the government-owned Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited and China's Wenbao Company.
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