The funeral of Khin Win, the 56-year-old woman who was shot dead by police during a protest at the site of the controversial Letpadaung copper mine on Dec. 22, was held in her home village of Moegyobyin on Thursday. [irrawaddy_gallery] As many as 1,000 people attended the funeral, including members of Khin Win’s family, representatives of political parties and civil society organizations and local farmers from villages in the Letpadaung region whose lands are being acquired for the copper mine project. The funeral party first visited the scene where Khin Win was shot, with some locals chanting, “Down with the copper mine which killed Daw Khin Win.” The body of the victim was later entombed. Some local farmers attending the funeral referred to Khin Win, who was protesting against the copper mine when she was shot by police, as “Letpadaung’s martyr.”
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