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Magwe Farmers Call for Compensation for Pipeline Land

6 May 2014

About 180 farmers in Magwe Division have held a demonstration demanding compensation for land through which a natural gas pipeline from Burma’s Arakan State coast to China runs, the New Light of Myanmar reports. In a report accompanied by a picture of ethnic Chin villagers marching, the state-run newspaper said on Tuesday that farmland in Bonbaw, a village in Ngaphe Township, had been cleared for the project. The protesters marched along the Minbu-An road “expressing their wishes to get compensations for the croplands,” it said. “They also highlighted environmental conservation” issues related to the pipeline, alongside which an oil pipeline is also being constructed.