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Critics of Burma's Government Protest Gas Project

  • VOA News

Protests were scheduled in 10 countries Friday against a natural gas project in Burma led by the Daewoo company of South Korea.

The group that called for the protests is the India-based Shwe Gas Pipeline Campaign Committee.

The group alleges that Burma's government will use proceeds from the project to fund its military rather than badly needed social projects. Burma's military is widely accused of human rights abuses.

The protest committee estimates the project would produce perhaps 100 million dollars in revenue each year. Protesters also charge that some local people may be displaced without compensation or subjected to forced labor.

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