Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday met police behind a crackdown on a Chinese mine protest and was due to hear villagers' grievances in a bid to mediate an end to the dispute.
But in a sign of the challenge confronting the Nobel Peace laureate, China's embassy in Rangoon insisted that the issues of relocation, compensation and environmental safeguards had already been "settled".
Dozens of protesters, including monks, were injured when riot police moved in to end the rally at the Monywa mine in northern Myanmar early Thursday, hours before Suu Kyi was due to visit. Some suffered severe burns.
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