Res­i­dents protest Chi­nese oil tankers in Kyauk­phyu

Mizzima Business Weekly - - NEWS ROUNDUPS -

About 600 res­i­dents of the deep-wa­ter port town of Kyauk­phyu in western Myan­mar’s Rakhine state on 21 May protested against Chi­nese oil tankers mov­ing into the area, as the op­er­a­tion of a long-de­layed and con­tro­ver­sial U.S. $1.5-bil­lion pipe­line gets un­der way, RFA re­ported on 22 May.

The res­i­dents boarded more than 100 mo­tor­boats and pi­loted them from Kyauk­phyu to Ma­day Is­land, site of the lo­cal of­fice of the Chi­nese state-owned oil com­pany China Na­tional Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion (CNPC), or PetroChina, which op­er­ates the tankers.

The protesters said that lo­cal fish­er­men’s liveli­hoods are threat­ened be­cause Myan­mar’s Fish­eries Depart­ment has banned them from fish­ing in the area, while al­low­ing oil tankers to op­er­ate there, and that the gov­ern­ment has failed to rec­tify the sit­u­a­tion, the re­port said.

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