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Pipeline Protesters Detained, Organizers Say

22 April 2013

At least three protesters of a Chinese-backed gas pipeline in Arakan State were detained after about 400 people staged an unauthorized demonstration against the project on Thursday, the Democratic Voice of Burma reported on Friday. The protest against China National Petroleum Corporation, which is undertaking the venture jointly with Burma’s state-owned Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise, took place in Kyaukpyu Township, where locals say the company has failed to adequately compensate them for land seized for the project. Fishermen in the area also say the pipeline is damaging the environment and putting their livelihoods at risk.