Rising demand for purified drinking water has led to a proliferation of brands — some unlicensed and lacking hygiene standards.
As the USDP leadership calls for greater unity, more than half the party’s central committee members say an emergency meeting is needed to discuss a recent purge.
The march, which follows a 60-day sit in, aims to get the government to mediate in a labour dispute with Myanmar Veneer & Plywood Private Ltd company.
The incident occurred when reporters for private media outlets were blocked from attending a meeting held by the Irrawaddy Division government.
The attacks come after a period of relative calm in the town following a crackdown on youth brawls five months ago.
The move comes two years after an earlier effort to slow deforestation by banning the export of raw timber.