Church leaders in Tanai estimate that about a thousand people have sought sanctuary at churches in the town.
Located in southeastern Burma by the Andaman Sea, Dawei, or Tavoy, is set to be a strategic channel for connecting with trade partners around the South China Sea.
Ethnic villagers in Sagaing Division say that gold mining along the fourth largest river in Burma is ruining farmland and causing tension in the community
No casualties were reported in a fire that did extensive damage to property owned by a mining company in Hpakant Township on Wednesday.
The protestors issued a list of six points, including a demand to permit day-labourers forage freely through mounds of soil dumped by mining companies.
Local authorities put a stop to some Chinese mining ventures in the area in 2014 following complaints by local villagers, but illegal operations have continued.