Protest


Dozens of people have been charged under Myanmar’s Unlawful Association Act for allegedly having connections with an ethnic rebel group in restive northern Kachin State, according to an official Thursday, the Anadolu Agency reported on 13 October.

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Dispossessed farmers are taking to the courts to retrieve land they say is theirs, mounting a prosecution against construction companies building low-cost housing there.

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About 500 residents of Bawlakhe township, Kayah State, yesterday protested plans to build a dam on Pwunchaung Stream, as water and soil examination continues.

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Activists conducted a campaign in Yangon yesterday calling for the stopping of armed conflicts in Myanmar and a probe into the case where one child was killed and others injured due to shelling.

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Thousands of people rallied in Myitkyina for the second time this week on Thursday to demand an end to Burmese army offensives against ethnic armed groups in Kachin State and around the country.

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Escalating protests against a military conglomerate-supported gold mine resulted in a stand-off between police and villagers outside regional government offices yesterday.

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More than 2000 people protested the arrests of seven jade prospectors this week in Hkamti township, Sagaing Region, following a government crackdown on people found in possession of illegal gemstones.

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On September 23, more than 600 workers from the Panda Textile factory staged a demonstration in Paleik, Mandalay Region, demanding the government end a long-running dispute about pay and contracts.

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Nearly half of the 316 striking Sakura garment factory workers have returned to work, while the remainder are still holding out to see a reduction of the daily production target that was the primary cause of the work stoppage.

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Thousands of ethnic Tai Leng, also known as Red Shan, marched the streets of Homalin in Sagaing Division on Saturday demanding a self-administered Tai Leng state.

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Buddhist nationalist protesters in Rangoon on Sunday launched racial slurs at former UN secretary general Kofi Annan and scuffled with local residents who were simply playing football nearby.

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The Kamayut Township police have brought charges against seven Burmese nationalists on Tuesday who, in April, protested outside the US Embassy in Rangoon against the American mission’s use of the word “Rohingya.” A trial is scheduled for August 30.

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Factory workers marching yesterday in protest of the newly appointed members to the Arbitration Council were stopped by police who said they did not have the necessary permission.

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More than a hundred farmers staged a protest in the city of Monywa on Monday, demanding compensation for farmland that was confiscated to make way for mining and other industrial projects in the area.

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A lawsuit against the Hlaing Tharyar township Premier Coffee factory was dismissed yesterday because the owner paid back overtime wages to his 321 workers, according to a Ministry of Labour official.

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Peace activists held mass rallies in support of the upcoming government-led Union Peace Conference (21st Century Panglong) in Yangon yesterday, local media reported.

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Hundreds of flood victims protested in Magwe Region’s Sidoktaya township on July 17, demanding upgrades to local dams and compensation for crops lost to flooding.

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Fruit farmers whose land was seized more than 35 years ago to build a prison say it’s time they got their property back.

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After drawn out negotiations, 85 workers from a recently shuttered garment factory in Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar township received part of their severance compensation yesterday, following their second protest staged over the weekend.

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More than a thousand local residents in northern Shan State’s Lashio Township on Saturday staged a protest demanding an end to the arbitrary killing of civilians in the area.

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