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Mon Democracy Party Asks Burmese Government to Find Peaceful Solution over Copper Mine Conflict

Kaowao
Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Mon Democracy Party (MDP) has condemned the Burmese government’s use of violence in its crackdown against protesting Buddhist monks at the copper mine in Letpadaung Township and has also asked the government to peacefully resolve the conflict.

Buddhist monks and the people in Rangoon took peaceful protest over crackdown at cooper mining in Letpadaung Township. (Photo: 7 Days News)

In a statement released on December 11, MDP stated that the violence perpetrated by the government in response to the peaceful protest strongly contradicts Burmese President Thein Sein’s stated commitment to democratic reforms.

Furthermore, the statement alleges the current government is continuing to act like the 1988 government that killed peaceful protestors and monks in Rangoon.

“It is sad to see the brutal crackdown against peaceful protestors, which included civilians and Buddhist monks, at the Letpadaung copper mine; the government used too much force,” read the statement, The November 29 crackdown was the most violent response to civil disobedience since the reformist-minded Thein Sein took office last year. More than 90 monks were hospitalized for injuries inflicted during the government’s response.

According to MDP, the government cannot solve conflict by themselves alone and must include civilians during conflict resolution. Burma must have national reconciliation in order to solve all the conflict in the country.

“It seems they wanted to provoke civilians and Buddhist monks by using violent force. They should not use such force because it harms the people,” said Dr. Min Soe Linn, a senior leader of MDP.
He also said that all Burmese desire a culture in Burma that uses dialogue instead of violence to solve conflict.

In response to the outcry against their handling of the copper mine protest, the current government formed a commission on December 3 that includes Aung San Suu Kyi to investigate the incident. MDP leaders are hopeful that the commission will benefit the people and that the government will provide the commission with all necessary evidence.

“By using violence to solve the conflict, the government in actuality does not solve the conflict. Its response has only made the conflict worse. There must be dialogue in order to solve the copper mine conflict,” reads the MDP statement.

 

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