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Policeman killed, scores injured in Myanmar land clash

Published on Feb 27, 2013 4:44 PM

YANGON (AFP) - A policeman was killed and more than a dozen farmers wounded - some by gunfire - in clashes during a protest over land ownership in Myanmar's Delta region, activists and police said on Wednesday.

A further 26 police were injured during Tuesday night's demonstration, where farmers demanded the return of 200 hectares of land in the Irrawaddy Delta which they said was seized by the military government in 1996.

Around 300 farmers have been protesting the alleged land-grab since last week.

Similar demonstrations have taken place across the country since 2011, when the repressive junta was replaced by a civilian government. Parliament has been tasked with solving hundreds of resurgent land disputes.

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