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Myanmar rejects 'white phosphorus' claim report

Published on Feb 16, 2013 8:57 PM
 
Buddhist monks receive treatment at a hospital after police fired water cannon and gas during a pre-dawn crackdown on villagers and monks protesting against a Chinese-backed copper mine in Monywa, northern Myanmar on Nov 29, 2012. Myanmar on Saturday, Feb 16, 2013, dismissed an independent report which alleged that security forces used white phosphorus in the crackdown on protestors. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar on Saturday dismissed an independent report which alleged that security forces used white phosphorus in a crackdown on a copper mine protest last year, which left dozens of people injured.

The pre-dawn raid on protest camps at the Chinese-backed mine in northern Myanmar in November was the toughest clampdown on demonstrators since a reformist government came to power in early 2011.

A network of lawyers sent a canister discovered at the site in Monywa to a laboratory overseas and it was found to contain military-issued white phosphorus that can lead to serious injuries, their report said.

But presidential spokesman Ye Htut dismissed the report without commenting on its findings, saying the government would only recognise a separate parliamentary probe being conducted by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

 
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