Rare Burmese Public Protest Stops Dam

In an unprecedented about-turn, Burmese President Thein Sein has yielded to widespread citizen protest and said the government will put a stop to construction of the controversial Myitsone Dam on the Irrawaddy River. Thein Sein announced that he would ask Parliament to suspend construction of the US$3.6 billion hydroelectric dam, which is already under construction by the Chinese state-owned China Power Investment Corp, because it was against the will of the people and their representatives, according to a note read out in the parliament.

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