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Dozens hurt as Myanmar cracks down on mine protest


In this early Nov. 29, 2012 photo provided by a monk, flames are seen at the gate of Chinese mining partner Wan Bao where protesters occupying a copper mine camped before a police crackdown in Monywa, northwestern Myanmar.

Nyein Chan Naing / EPA

An injured monk is carried into the Monywa hospital after being injured during a demonstration outside the Latpadantaung copper mine on Nov. 29, 2012.

The Associated Press reports from Monywa, Myanmar Security forces used water cannons and other riot gear Thursday to clear protesters from a copper mine in in northwestern Myanmar, wounding villagers and Buddhist monks just hours before opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in the area to hear their grievances.

The crackdown at the Letpadaung mine near the town of Monywa risks becoming a public relations and political fiasco for the reformist government of President Thein Sein, which has been touting its transition to democracy after almost five decades of repressive military rule.

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According to a nurse at a Monywa hospital, 27 monks and one other person were admitted with burns caused by some sort of projectile that released sparks or embers. Read the full story.

Gemunu Amarasinghe / AP

A novice monk who suffered burn injuries points to his wounds as he gets treatment at a hospital in Monywa on Nov. 29, 2012.

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