06 Jan Letpadaung protesters call for probe into shooting death

Written by Min Min Published in Latpadaung Read 2626 times
Letpadaung copper mine protesters march through Monywa town on January 5, 2015. Photo: U Tin Ko Ko Oo/Facebook
Letpadaung copper mine protesters march through Monywa town on January 5, 2015. Photo: U Tin Ko Ko Oo/Facebook

About 200 people marched through Monywa town on Monday afternoon carrying placards and calling for justice over the death of a protester and an end to the violence surrounding the controversial Letpadaung copper mine.

The protesters urged the authorities to identify the culprit who shot dead 56-year-old resident Daw Khin Win in the Letpadaung mine area on December 22, the day thestaff of China’s Wanbao Company erected a fence to block off land for the mine. The residents claim the land belongs to them.

The Myanmar Alliance for Transparency and Accountability or MATA cooperated with the Monywa residents and organized the January 5 protest calling for an investigation into the death.

Ma Thwe Thwe Win, a resident living in Letpadaung and a member of the Sagaing Region branch of MATA, told Mizzima, “We urge U Hla Tun and U Tha Aye to identify the culprit who fired the shot in the Letpadaung violence.”

U Hla Tun is the chairman of the Letpadaung mining project implementation committee and Minister of the President’s Office. U Tha Aye is the chief minister of the Sagaing Region.

The protestors holding placards saying “Stop Violence” marched from the clock tower in downtown Monywa to Monywa Stadium, and then marched back, ending their protest.

The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission recently went to the Letpadaung copper mine project area to investigate the death of Daw Khin Win, who was shot dead allegedly by security police.

After Daw Khin Win’s death, some activists in Yangon and Mandalay staged protests against the violent crackdown by police. On December 30, police arrested some protesters including prominent activists U Nay Myo Zin and Daw Naw Ohn Hla who earlier had tried to cross the security line and police barricades near the Chineseembassy in Yangon.

Last modified on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 11:26