|Letpadoung Copper Mine Ground Breaking Ceremony.|
Protesters first asked for more compensation, but now want to stop this project and are demanding that the Chinese company leave. There are definitely some Westerners and NGOs instigating these protesters. More importantly, however, Myanmar's political climate has changed and the government cannot control public opinion.
(The whispers in Rangoon are that the American INGO “Save the Children” is very active in the Monywa Copper Mines area just recently.)
The Letpadaung copper mine crisis has drawn Chinese people's attention to Myanmar. Democracy has brought hope there, but it has also blocked a major construction project instead of liberating productive forces.
This kind of democracy can neither bring high growth for the Myanmar economy nor result in tangible benefits for the people. Western countries' lifting of sanctions cannot bring wealth. The prosperity of Myanmar ultimately depends on its people's efforts.
------December 4 Updates (AP Photos of protests at Rangoon Chinese Embassy) -----