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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi talks with crying villagers during a visit to Tone village, an area near the Letpadaung copper mine project, in Monywa, 760 kilometers (450 miles) north of Yangon, central Myanmar, Thursday, March 14, 2013. Suu Kyi met with rare public scorn while trying to justify an official report endorsing continued operation of the copper mine in northwestern Myanmar opposed by many local residents.  (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi talks with crying villagers during a visit to Tone village, an area near the Letpadaung copper mine project, in Monywa, 760 kilometers (450 miles) north of Yangon, central Myanmar, Thursday, March 14, 2013. Suu Kyi met with rare public scorn while trying to justify an official report endorsing continued operation of the copper mine in northwestern Myanmar opposed by many local residents. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)
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(AP) Hostile villagers have confronted opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during the second day of a trip to northwestern Myanmar to explain why she supports continuation of a mining project opposed by many local residents.


In talks held at the village level, Suu Kyi was unable Thursday to persuade her audience to agree with the conclusion of an official panel she headed that the national interest was best served by allowing continued operation of the Letpadaung copper mine, to encourage foreign investors to help the lagging economy.


At one point, residents barricaded their village with thorny brush and allowed Suu Kyi to enter only after she had shed some of her police escort and accompanying journalists.


The unwelcoming reception was virtually unprecedented for the heroine of the country's pro-democracy movement.


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