BRIEF - Latpadaung villagers “curse” Wanbao, UMEH

Villagers near the Latpadaung Copper Mine in Sagaing Division gathered on Monday to invoke a curse upon military-owned Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings and China’s Wanbao Copper Mining Ltd. Locals convened at a spirit shrine and ritualistically called on dark forces to punish the project operators and banish them from the area. The ceremony was held in response to state-inflicted violence against protestors and what the villagers call a failure to negotiate with local people, who have lost land, employment and sacred structures to the project.