Friday, March 15, 2013

Angry protests continue as Suu Kyi leaves Sel Tel

Friday, 15 March 2013 12:31 Khine Khine

Aung San Suu Kyi was met by more angry villagers as she returned from Sel Tel, where she had been blocked in a Buddhist Chapel by protesting residents, to Moe Kyoe Pyin on March 14, a local source told Mizzima.

Aung San Suu Kyi watches out from her car as people protest against the Latpadaung copper mine project on March 14, 2013. AFP PHOTO

“The villagers were unable to block Daw Aung San Su Kyi’s entry, as she had told the villagers that she was going to Lakekhun Mountain protest camp instead so that she could enter the village," said local resident Ma Myint Myint Aye. "Once the villagers saw her entering the village, they started to protest.”

A convoy of vehicles transporting Aung San Su Kyi and her group were forced to leave the village at 3:30 pm because of the protest in Moe Kyoe Pyin.

"All we want is for the protests to stop and for the Latpadaung Project to stop. We don’t want water, electricity or even jobs. What’s more important?" said Ma Myint Myint Aye.

"We explained and made it clear that it was a flammable bomb but the commission rejected our claims and kept saying it was just a smoke bomb. The villagers cannot accept this, and we don’t want her anymore,” the local source told Mizzima.
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