Myanmar To Drop Charges Against Ethnic Minority Protesters In Statue Dispute | 2/12/2019 | Staff
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YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar will drop charges against dozens of ethnic minority protesters who demonstrated against a statue of independence hero General Aung San and will hold talks with them, state media said on Wednesday, offering a rare concession.

The surprise climbdown comes as Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the ruling National League for Democracy and the general’s daughter, faces rising dissatisfaction in ethnic minority areas ahead of elections set for next year.

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Aung San brokered a 1947 pact among some of Myanmar’s ethnic groups that is marked by an annual holiday on Feb. 12, but the Karenni protesters say its promises were not implemented after the general’s assassination that year.

On Wednesday, the official Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper said state officials had negotiated with protesters the previous day and agreed to revoke the charges against them.

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In turn, the activists agreed to suspend their protests, it said, adding negotiations...
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