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Karen Farmers Demand Rebels Close Down Mine

13 March 2013

Farmers in Burma’s Tenasserim Division are calling on the Karen National Union (KNU) to close down a coalmine, as it is polluting local water sources and plantations, the Karen Information Center reports. At a meeting with Mergui District KNU leaders more than 100 farmers from Ka Taw Ni and surrounding villages asked the rebels to revoke the license given to Thai mining company East Star. “Recently fish have died. In the future, if the KNU continue to allow [mining], and if it impacts on our health, it will be difficult for village leaders to control the villagers,” farmer Saw Chit Hlaing complained.