20 Sep '11, 1pm

Electricity is destined for China. Myanmar arrests anti-dam activist in rare protest Straitstimes

YANGON (AFP) - Police in military-dominated Myanmar on Tuesday arrested a man who staged a rare protest against a controversial Chinese hydroelectric power project, an official said. 'A 46-year-old man was arrested this afternoon near the Chinese Cultural Office as he tried to stage a solo protest,' said a government official who did not want to be named. The office is part of the Chinese embassy in Yangon. He was understood to be holding a banner demanding a halt to the Myitsone hydropower dam project in northern Kachin state, electricity from which is destined for neighbouring China. Protests are rare in authoritarian Myanmar, where pro-democracy rallies in 1988 and 2007 were brutally crushed by the junta. Demonstrators must have permission from the authorities.

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