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Myanmar: Dozens wounded in Yangon clash October 15

Dozens wounded in clash between striking garment workers and men in civilian clothes in Yangon October 15; further clashes possible over the coming days

15 Oct 07:58 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 10/15/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/17/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Rangoon). COUNTRY/REGION Yangon

Event

Clashes broke out between striking garment workers and around 20-30 men wielding iron bars in Yangon on Monday, October 15, leaving dozens of workers wounded. The men reportedly beat the garment workers, who have been on strike and protesting outside a factory for months to demand the reinstatement of 30 fired workers. Further garment-worker protests and strike actions are to be expected in Yangon in the coming weeks; a heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be anticipated near demonstration sites. Additional clashes between striking workers and similar attackers are possible in the near-term.

Advice

Individuals in Yangon are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, report all suspicious objects and behavior to the police, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

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