Protest / Strike


Michaungkan land grab protestors were evicted by police from their rally camp in front of Rangoon City Hall in the early hours of Thursday morning. It is the second time the sit-in has been forcibly broken up by police after a similar incident in December.
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All garment factories that have been at the center of a long-running strike have reopened, but about 100 laborers continued to protest on Wednesday to demand a pay rise, a labor activist said.
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Myanmar workers are preparing to protest over alleged discrimination by Thailand’s PTT Exploration and Production Company, according to the Zawtika Offshore Myanmar Organization or ZOMO on February 20.
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Rangoon police have denied that they initiated a violent confrontation between their officers and striking workers that took place on 20 February.
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Concerned embassies have reportedly made representations to the Burmese government on behalf of foreign businesses affected by a long-running strike at the Shwepyithar Industrial Zone.
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Thousands of Rangoon’s factory workers this week vowed to continue a strike until they receive a pay raise, following warnings from the divisional government not to cause public upset.
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Hundreds of workers marched the streets in Rangoon’s Shwepyithar Industrial Zone on Monday morning to demand better pay and working conditions.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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…)

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