Myanmar gov't apologizes to monks over protest injuries

December 8, 2012 07:28

YANGON - Myanmar's government has apologized for injuries, including serious burns, suffered last month by monks and others when riot police cleared camps set up to protest against evictions caused by the expansion of a copper mine.

Minister of Religious Affairs Myint Maung made a formal apology to 29 senior monks and said police regretted the incident, state-owned television reported late on Friday.

Activists said at least 50 people had been injured when riot police moved in at the Monywa mine in the northwest region of Sagaing on Nov. 29. That included more than 20 Buddhist monks, some with burns blamed on incendiary devices thrown by police.

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