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21 Dez 2009

Burma Rivers Network

Black day for Burma’s Irrawaddy: junta ministers host Myitsone dam “celebration”

Hundreds of local villagers were forced to greet the Minister of Electric Power and Minister of Energy today at an official “celebration” ceremony to launch the construction of China’s Myitsone dam, which will…impact millions living along Burma’s main waterway. Numerous public appeals...to...General Than Shwe and to Chinese investors to stop the dam and prevent the forced displacement of 15,000 people have been ignored. Open letters, posters and face-to-face meetings with senior generals highlighted concerns including the destruction of one of Burma’s most important cultural sites and the likelihood of a disastrous dam break in an earthquake-prone area…[includes video footage of villager protest] [Resource Centre note: We have made several attempts to contact China Power Investment Corporation for their comment, but have received no reply.]