Police are now prosecuting six people arrested in Yangon in protests last month against the mine venture in Monywa, Sagaing Region, backed by Chinese copper mining company Wenbao, which has been dogged by complaints of land-grabbing and environmental damage.
"Six people are now charged and police are looking for evidence against two others," lawyer U Robert San Aung told AFP after a hearing in Yangon's Dagon township.
Small but regular demonstrations have been held in recent weeks outside the Chinese embassy in Yangon and its consulate in Mandalay following the fatal shooting last month of a female protester near the Letpadaung mine.
Daw Khin Win, in her 50s, was killed on December 22 when police opened fire on protesters trying to stop the mine company building a fence in territory disputed with local farmers.
Four of the Yangon protesters, who have been held in Yangon’s Insein prison since late December, had already been charged.
U Robert San Aung said the six anti-Letpadaung protesters have been charged with serious public order offences, including obstructing police and "harming the image of the nation".
"The charges are disproportionate. They are facing between four and five years in prison," he said.
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