Myanmar gov't apologizes to monks over protest injuries

YANGON - Myanmar's government has apologized for injuries, including serious burns, suffered lastmonth by monks and others when riot police cleared camps set upto protest against evictions caused by the expansion of a coppermine.

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

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