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Myanmar apologizes for violence against monks


February 19. 2013 9:08PM
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(AP) Myanmar's government has apologized for a violent crackdown on Buddhist monks and other foes of a copper mine in northwest Myanmar, which was the biggest use of force against demonstrators since reformist President Thein Sein took office last year.


Religious Affairs Minister Thura Myint Maung formally apologized for the violence to 29 senior monks at a ceremony in Yangon on Friday.


His remarks were carried by all state media Saturday.


He said the government felt extreme sorrow that monks and other people were wounded in the copper mine incident.


Nearly 100 people, mostly Buddhist monks, were injured during the Nov. 29 crackdown. Many suffered burns they said were caused by incendiary devices hurled by police.


Associated Press


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