The Straits Times
Published on Nov 30, 2012

Suu Kyi demands apology for Myanmar mine crackdown


MONYWA (AFP) - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday demanded an apology for monks hurt in a violent police crackdown at a Chinese copper mine protest, after she held talks with the two sides.

The Nobel laureate sought to mediate an end to the standoff, which saw scores of villagers and monks injured in the toughest clampdown on demonstrators since a new reform-minded government took power last year.

Images of monks lying in hospital beds with severe burns have stoked public anger over the rough treatment, which had echoes of violent crackdowns that were the hallmark of decades of junta rule.

"We know that police officials are responsible for what happened but we need to know why they did it," Ms Suu Kyi told reporters during a visit to the area. "I think the monks need an apology."