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Myanmar mine 'must pay' for land grab

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YANGON - People whose land was seized to allow the expansion of a copper mine in northwestern Myanmar, prompting protests that were crushed by police, should be compensated before the project goes ahead, according to an official report published on Tuesday. 

Demonstrators hold posters during a peaceful protest against the Latbadaung Mountain Copper Mine project, in Yangon Dec 2, 2012. (Reuters photo)

The report, led by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, also found that inexperienced police fired smoke bombs containing harmful phosphorous into a protesters' camp at the Monywa copper mine last November, causing serious injuries. 

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