Farmers in south-central Myanmar’s Bago region began a protest on 6 July demanding that the army return more than 4,000 acres of land it confiscated from them 25 years ago, RFA reported on 6 July.

Nearly 30 farmers from Pyinbongyi village told RFA’s Myanmar Service that they decided to stage a protest after hearing that the new government is returning some confiscated land to farmers in other areas of the country.

The reported quoted one villager at the protest as saying that the army had confiscated the land to expand its battalion headquarters and was bringing in more troops to the region, but later the farmers discovered that the army had leased their land to other farmers to cultivate at a cost of about 500,000 kyat (U.S. $430) per acre.