Irrawaddy riverbank squatters return after eviction

Squatters have rebuilt their camp on the Irrawaddy riverbank after being evicted before King Harald and Queen Sonya of Norway sailed the Mandalay stretch of the river.

Over 400 families residing in the makeshift campsite were forcibly removed and their houses bulldozed as local officials claimed the squatters would have been an ‘eyesore’ for visiting royals.

Norwegian officials and King Herald expressed their regret at the move, and claimed they had not been informed the local government had planned the eviction.

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