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Arakanese Inside Burma Protested the Shwe Gas Project of Daewoo and the Junta

From Narinjara News
10/17/2005 this article.

Major cities in Arakan State in western Burma witnesses posters against the Shwe Gas Project of the International Consortium led by Daewoo on 12 of October.

At Akyab, Rathidaung, Mrebone, Morm Bra and Kyauk Phu, an anonymous youth group posted anti Shwe Project posters in public places.

In Akyab, these posters were posted at the jetty, Lokananda Pagoda, and the central Market.

On the posters, the sale of the gas to foreign countries is condemned and those who cooperate with the junta in the gas project are regarded as traitors to the national cause. Furthermore, the removal of the Burmese military forces from Arakan State is demanded by the group.

No group has claimed responsibility for these posters, but some students who are known to have been involved in previous pro-democracy activities are lying low, as the military authority is hunting down the responsible activists.

Whether or not this poster campaign has any link with the international movement against Daewoo's involvement in the Shwe Gas Project is not yet known. However, it is clear that the sale of natural gas from Arakan to India is not just opposed by exiled Burmese activists. This shows that the Arakanese people inside Burma are also angry with this gas sale that will only benefit the Burmese junta.


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