Protest / Strike

A lack of clarity in Burma’s recently amended Law on Peaceful Assembly is sowing confusion among activists and advocates, as the country’s courts continue to charge people for demonstrating without permission.

A collection of 20 civil society organisations launched a campaign on August 28 to object to the plans to use a system of proportional representation for future elections to the Amyotha Hluttaw.

The Ye Social Society (YSS) has organized a movement to collect signatures from individuals opposed to the construction of a coal-fired power plant in southern Mon State’s Ye Township.

Activists in Burma began a signature campaign on Tuesday to tally public opposition to an electoral system based on proportional representation (PR), which some parties including the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party are pushing to implement ahead of nationwide elections next year.

Two months after setting off from Rangoon on a northerly trek up the Irrawaddy River, marchers calling for the Chinese-backed Myitsone hydropower dam project to be permanently halted finally reached their destination in Kachin State on Saturday.

A flare-up of resilient hostility toward China among its neighbors has infected central Myanmar, where a Chinese company operating a copper mine has local residents seething over what they call the operator’s arrogance and the project’s seemingly unbridled expansion plans.

Two leading land rights activists have been charged with organizing unsanctioned protests to demand back their expropriated lands in Thingangyun Township, Rangoon Division. (more…)

Ten residents of Maday Island in Kyaukphyu Township have been charged by local police for protesting against the oil and gas pipeline projects on the island without receiving official permission to hold a demonstration.

Speaking to Mizzima on behalf of state-run China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), the Secretary to the Chinese Ambassador in Yangon, Xiong Guofeng, said that the company did not force workers at its pipeline plant on Maday Island to sign a pledge saying they would not participate in Thursday’s demonstration, and furthermore that they did not dismiss more than 50 workers who refused to do so.

At least three people were detained and questioned by local authorities in Arakan state on Friday, for their role in staging an unauthorised protest against the Chinese-backed Shwe Gas Pipeline in western Burma earlier this week.

More than 300 farmers in northern Burma’s Sagaing Division have resumed their protests against a controversial Chinese-backed copper mine, saying they will refuse compensation and continue to push for the mine’s complete closure. (more…)

Several hundred Burmese migrant workers at a shrimp factory in Thailand are protesting what they say is exploitation by Burmese and Thai employment agencies. (more…)

Thousands of ethnic Kachins welcomed dozens of peace activists who arrived in Laiza, the besieged stronghold of Kachin rebels, on Monday evening after walking for 57 days from Rangoon. (more…)

For the first time in two years, a number of landowners in the Letpadaung project area have accepted compensation and agreed to give up their land for the controversial copper mine, while others have continued to refuse to willingly hand over their land. (more…)

Protestors camped out near a controversial copper mine in central Burma shut down their demonstration sites over the weekend after receiving warnings from municipal authorities late last week. (more…)

About 2,000 ethnic Karen gathered on the banks of the Salween River in Papun District in northern Karen State on Friday to demand that the government abandons it plans to construct multiple hydropower dams on the river in eastern Burma, environmental activists announced. (more…)

Protestors who are still camped out near a controversial Chinese-backed copper mine in central Burma were warned by the government on Friday morning to leave the area. (more…)

(Unofficial translation)

Myanmar’s official media released the investigation report on the Sino-Myanmar joint venture Letpadaung copper mine on the 12th. The report believes the project should continue with necessary improvements. The head of the inquiry committee Aung San Suu Kyi said on the 13th that stopping the project will negatively affect the economy and people’s lives.

Aung San Suu Kyi confronted hundreds of disgruntled residents in central Burma on Thursday, as anger continues to mount over her failure to oppose the development of a controversial Chinese-backed mine nearby. (more…)

A government’s telecom project to lay fiber optics underground connecting Yangon and capital Nay Pyi
Taw is facing protest by locals whose farms were unearthed during the project, according to a local involved in the protest. (more…)

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