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Myanmar: Residents oppose Letpadaung mine; police's repression leaves 1 dead, govt. jails activists

On 22 December 2014, violence once again erupted in the Letpadaung copper mine as villagers opposed to the expansion of the mine clashed with police and Chinese workers. Relevant reports are linked below.

Similarly violent clashes have occurred in the past, among them the November 2012 crackdown on peaceful protesters, where police were found to have used white phosphorous, which burned and injured dozens of protesters including monks.

In May, a court sentenced six activists opposed to the mine to four years in prison and in August they were sentenced to additional 4 months in prison under the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law.

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