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Mongkai Locals Protest Coal Mine in Southern Shan State’s - Report

Coal News - Published on Mon, 15 Jul 2019

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BNI reported that more than 3,000 protesters gathered to oppose the latest bid to restart coal-mining operations in the southern Shan State township. More than 3,000 people in southern Shan State’s Mongkai Township have called for an end to a new coal-mining project that they say will harm the local environment and exacerbate land disputes. The protesters, who mostly hailed from local farming communities, said the mine would also devastate agriculture in the area.

Sai Lon, a protester from Mongkai who spoke to NMG, said that “It impacts on water resources. It causes water to dry up. This will affect our paddy fields, which we depend on for a living. And the mine is just two or three miles away from town, so it could also hurt the health of local people.”

In May 2017, nearly 5,000 protesters successfully blocked efforts by two mining companies, Pyae Aung Hein and Hein Metta, to begin extracting coal from the area. The mining operations were halted after an inspection by government officials.

Now, two years later, another company has defied official restrictions in a bid to restart mining in Mongkai.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 15 Jul 2019
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