YANGON (AFP) – Several protesters against a Chinese-backed mine in central Myanmar have been charged with holding an illegal demonstration, police said Wednesday.
They were among 100 activists who scuffled with police on Monday evening near the Chinese embassy in Yangon.
The protesters demanded the closure of the Letpadaung copper mine in the Sagaing region, where a female villager was shot dead during a clash with police 10 days ago.
The shooting has sparked a series of protests in Yangon and Mandalay as well as a running stand-off at the mine itself, which villagers say has been established for the benefit of a Chinese company at the expense of their land and the local environment.
“They protested in front of Chinese embassy on Monday. We opened the case against them as they breached the law,” a police major in Yangon’s Dagon township told AFP, requesting anonymity.