News Summary: Myanmar protesters refuse to budge

News Summary: Monks, villagers defy Myanmar government orders to end copper mine occupation

Associated Press

MINE PROTEST: Hundreds of Buddhist monks and villagers occupying a copper mine in northwestern Myanmar defied a government order to leave by Wednesday, saying they will stay until the project is halted.

THE BACKGROUND: The protesters have set up six camps at the site and say the Letpadaung mine near the town of Monywa is causing environmental, social and health problems. The mine is a joint venture between a Chinese firm and a company controlled by Myanmar's military. There was no immediate reaction from authorities.

THE OUTLOOK: The protest is the latest major example of increased activism by citizens since an elected government took over last year following almost five decades of repressive military rule.

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