BRIEF – Michaungkan land grab negotiations break down

Residents of Rangoon Division’s Michaungkan village have vowed to restart their protest after talks with government authorities and MPs broke down without agreement on 1 April. More than 200 villagers have been staging a series of sit-in protests over the last year to bring attention to what they say was a confiscation of their lands by the military back in 1990. Their latest sit-in, started nine days ago at Maha Bandula Park in downtown Rangoon, was forcibly dispersed by police in the early morning of 30 March.