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Police in Burma have rejected a lawsuit by monks who suffered phosphorus burns at the hands of officers when they protested against a controversial copper mine in 2012, a lawyer said on Tuesday.
Two monks have been trying to sue the country’s police chief and home minister after demonstrations against the China-backed Latpadaung mine near the central town of Monywa were violently suppressed by authorities.
They were among scores of protestors who received painful burns during the violence. Some needed medical treatment abroad.
A parliamentary report later found officers had deployed white phosphorus — an incendiary material commonly used on battlefields to create smoke cover — against monks and civilians.
“The police informed us yesterday that they will not accept the case because it goes against procedure,” Aung Thein, a lawyer who is working on the case alongside human rights group the Justice Trust, told AFP.