Nov 29 2012

NY Times: Myanmar Security Forces Use Incendiary Devices in Raid on Buddhist Protest Camp

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BANGKOK — Myanmar on Thursday began its largest crackdown on protesters since the civilian government of President Thein Sein came to power 20 months ago, mounting a raid on hundreds of Buddhist monks and villagers opposed to the expansion of a Chinese-led copper mine project in central Myanmar.

Witnesses said dozens of monks and other protesters were injured when security forces used incendiary devices that set fire to protesters’ encampments outside the offices of the Chinese company, which has a partnership with the powerful military in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.

Photos from online Burmese news sites showed monks, who are highly revered in the country and often involved in political causes, with singed saffron robes stuck to their badly seared skin.

The raid came hours before a scheduled visit to the area by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate and leader of the opposition in Parliament.

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