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Monks Stage Sit-in Protest at Letpadaung

5 November 2013

Dozens of protesters, including Buddhist monks and local residents, set up a new protest camp near the controversial Letpadaung copper mine in Sagaing Division on Saturday after they were denied permission to inspect a religious site they feared had been damaged by recent dynamiting, reports DVB. Sandar Thiri, one of seven monks involved in the protest, said the group was worried that a temple and ordination hall associated with the famous monk Ledi Sayadaw, who died in 1923, had been fractured by the blasts. Khin San Hlaing, a local MP from the National League for Democracy, urged the authorities to “negotiate with the locals to reduce their concerns,” the report said.