Myanmar cracks down on protest, dozens hurt

Security forces used water cannons and other riot gear Thursday to clear protesters from a copper mine in northwestern Myanmar, wounding villagers and Buddhist monks just hours before opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in the area to hear their grievances.

"This is unacceptable," said Ottama Thara, a 25-year-old monk who was at the protest. "This kind of violence should not happen under a government that says it is committed to democratic reforms."

According to a nurse at a Monywa hospital, 27 monks and one other person were admitted with burns.

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