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Myanmar: Thousands protest dam projects in Kachin state February 7

Around 10,000 people attend protests in Myitkyina (Kachin state) on February 7 over dam projects; further protests possible

07 Feb 11:57 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 2/7/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/24/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Rangoon). COUNTRY/REGION Myitkyina (Kachin state), Kachin state
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Event

Around 10,000 people attended protests in Myitkyina (Kachin state) on Thursday, February 7, to call for the permanent cancelation of two dam projects on the Irrawaddy River. The demonstration was held at 08:00 (local time) at Manau Park in the Kachin state capital. Protests have been previously held in the state and further such demonstrations are possible, particularly if the projects resume.

Context

China is attempting to complete two dams, one upstream and one downstream from Myitkyina, on the Irrawaddy River. The projects were suspended in September 2011 following concern over public sentiment and environment impact. At least 1000 people have been displaced by the project so far.

Advice

Individuals in Kachin state, particularly Myitkyina, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all political gatherings as a precaution, anticipate further possible protests and associated disruptions, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

 

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