Burma releases eight ‘copper mine’ protesters

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Moe Thay (L) and Aung Soe (C), leaders of demonstrators peacefully protesting against the Latpadaung Copper Mine, march near Shwedagon Pagoda before their arrest by police, in Rangoon on 2 December 2012. (Reuters)

Activists who were arrested after staging a rally calling for the suspension of the controversial Latpadaung copper mine were released today on bail.

The six activists were arrested on 26 November in Rangoon and charged with sedition.

Meanwhile, two other activists, Moe Thway of Generation Wave and Aung Soe of a Rangoon-based civil society group, were also released on bail.

The two activists were arrested at a demonstration in Rangoon on 2 December that condemned the violent police assault on protest camps near the Letpadaung copper mine on 29 November.

It followed news that government forces used incendiary devices and water cannons to disperse peaceful protestors near the controversial Chinese-backed copper mine in Monywa, resulting in severe injuries. Several monks were severely burned in the crackdown.








Burma Myanmar: Ambassador Li Junhua’s Press Conference Yangoon on (2012-12-08)

Ambassador Li Junhua from the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar held a press conference on the progress of the Lapaduang Project with internal and external media this past Friday. Held between the hours of 9:30 A.M. and 11:30A.M., the December 7th conference was conducted at the Chinese Embassy in Yangon.

Anxieties surrounding the project were addressed, as Ambassador Li Junhua assured the press that concerns pertaining to the Lapadaung project would be investigated by a commission led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. He declared, the project would continue only if the investigation’s results were accurate and attested to the viability of the project.

The construction of the copper mine in the Lapadaung Mountains of Myanmar’s upper regions, is  a joint venture between China’s Wan Bao Company and military-owned Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd (UMEHL). Profits from the mining project will be distributed in accordance with the acquired product revenue.  The government of Myanmar is expected to gain the largest share of the profit and will benefit from 16.8 percent of the total proceeds. The U Paing Company and Wanbao Company will also be beneficiaries of the project, respectively claiming 13.8 and 13.3 percent of total profits. As remarked by Ambassador Li Junhua during the December 7th press conference, the only current investor for the project is the Chinese owned and operated Wanbao Company. Continue reading “Burma Myanmar: Ambassador Li Junhua’s Press Conference Yangoon on (2012-12-08)”

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) seriously objects Government using excessive force cracking down on Latpadantaung boycott.

Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) seriously objects Government using excessive force cracking down on Latpadantaung boycott.
Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) calls for Government to apologise victims and victims families.
Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) calls for Government to give specialist medical care to all the victims who are suffering physically and emotionally.
Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) fully supports Daw Aung San Suu Kyi led Investigation Commission.


ေရႊည၀ါဆရာေတာ္ႏွင့္ ၈၈မ်ိဳးဆက္ေက်ာင္းသားမ်ား မံုရြာသို႔ သြားေရာက္ 88 generation Student visit injured Monks

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ရႊည၀ါဆရာေတာ္ အရွင္ပညာသီဟႏွင့္ ကိုမင္းကိုႏုိင္၊ ကိုကိုႀကီး တို႔ဦးေဆာင္ေသာ ၈၈ မ်ိဳးဆက္ေက်ာင္းသားမ်ားအဖြဲ႔သည္ မြန္းလြဲ ၂နာရီ၀န္းက်င္အခ်ိန္ခန္႔က မံုရြာၿမိဳ႕ျပည္သူ႔ေဆးရုံႀကီးတြင္ ေဆးကုသမႈခံယူေနေသာ ဒဏ္ရာရ သံဃာေတာ္မ်ားအား သြားေရာက္ေတြ႕ဆံု၍ လွဴဒါန္းမႈမ်ား ျပဳလုပ္ခဲ့ေၾကာင္း သိရသည္။


China Embassy PRESS RELEASE Monywa Copper Mining Project-ENGLISH-burmese




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Remarks on the Monywa Copper Mine Project


Monywa Cooper Mine Project is a joint venture between business

communities of China and Myanmar that will bring benefits to both sides.

Issues such as relocation, compensation, environmental protection and

profit sharing regarding this project were jointly settled through negotiations

by the two sides and meet Myanmar’s laws and regulations. We hope all

levels of Myanmar society can create a favorable environment for the

project’s smooth operation based on respect for laws and regulations of


Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy Party, said on November 29 that she would like to intervene in the disputes between the locals and investors on copper mine project while she met with the people in Kan Kone Village, Salin Kyi Township of Monywa district.

Many prominent persons from various sphere criticized that it is totally unacceptable that the riot police crack downed on protest camps by using tear bombs and water cannons before the daybreak on the holy and sacred day of the Buddhists, the full moon day of Tazaungmone month on November 29.

Witnesses said the police used chemical weapons in the incident where many Buddhist monks were injured. Over 50 persons have been taken to the Monywa township hospital. A seriously injured monk was taken to Mandalay Public Hospital.  http://elevenmyanmar.com/national/1510-china-calls-for-smooth-operation-of-monywa-copper-mine-project