Nearly 20 peo­ple in­jured in Man­dalay protest

Mizzima Business Weekly - - NEW ROUNDUPS -

Nearly 20 peo­ple were in­jured 15 May af­ter po­lice in Man­dalay re­gion fired rub­ber bul­lets and tear gas into a crowd protest­ing con­struc­tion at a coal-pow­ered ce­ment plant that is op­er­ated as part of a joint ven­ture be­tween a lo­cal firm and a Chi­nese part­ner, RFA re­ported.

Res­i­dents of Kyaukse district’s Pathe­ingyi town­ship be­gan their protest against the Al­pha Ce­ment Plant near Aungth­byae vil­lage on Tues­day evening, de­mand­ing com­pen­sa­tion for land they say they lost when an 18-foot-wide road was built as part of the project, and urg­ing au­thor­i­ties to ad­dress an in­flux of hun­dreds of Chi­nese em­ploy­ees who are work­ing at the site.

Moe Lin, the as­sis­tant chief of Aungth­byae vil­lage, told RFA’s Myan­mar Ser­vice that pro­test­ers had blocked ve­hi­cles owned by fac­tory op­er­a­tor Myan­mar Conch Ce­ment Co. Ltd. from pass­ing through the vil­lage, and early on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, po­lice moved to forcibly dis­perse the crowd.

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