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Update by the Shan Human Rights Foundation

April 7, 2015

Mong Ton villagers protest against Salween dam at consultation meeting

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 About 150 local villagers protested against the planned Upper Salween (Mong Ton) dam during a consultation organized by Australia’s Snowy Mountain Engineering Corporation (SMEC) in Mong Ton, southern Shan State, Burma on April 6, 2015.

 The villagers, from different areas of Mong Ton, raised placards against the dam, and handed a statement to SMEC staff, raising concerns about the lack of lasting peace, and the potential flooding of many towns, villages and temples, particularly in Kunhing Township.

After the consultation, mainly attended by government officials and other pro-government groups, including local militia, the villagers went to Pittakat Hong Dhamma temple, and held a ceremony to pray for the protection of the Salween River.

The Mong Ton dam will be the largest on the Salween River in Burma, producing 7,000 megawatts of electricity, 90 percent of which will be exported to China and Thailand. The massive reservoir will stretch across almost the entire length of Shan State.

The dam is a joint venture between China Three Gorges Corporation, China Southern Power Grid, Sinohydro, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, and the International Group of Entrepreneurs Co. (Myanmar). SMEC is organizing the impact assessments for the dam.

Attached is the statement from the villagers, and photos of their activities on April 6, 2015.

Further information,

Contact persons:

Loong Sai San Nyunt               (+95) 09 36191646

Loong Sai Aw Da                       (+95) 09 49025446

Nang Oon Ying                          (+95) 09 32045590

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