A group of protesting villages who has blocked a road with rocks and wood guard their position in Letpadaung mine, Monywa township, northwestern Myanmar, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Hundreds of Buddhist monks and villagers occupying the mine, they said is causing environmental, social and health problems, defied a government order to leave by Wednesday, saying they will stay until the project is halted. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

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A group of protesting villages who has blocked a road with rocks and wood guard their position in Letpadaung mine, Monywa township, northwestern Myanmar, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Hundreds of Buddhist monks and villagers occupying the mine, they said is causing environmental, social and health problems, defied a government order to leave by Wednesday, saying they will stay until the project is halted. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
A group of protesting villages who has blocked a road with rocks and wood guard their position in Letpadaung mine, Monywa township, northwestern Myanmar, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Hundreds of Buddhist monks and villagers occupying the mine, they said is causing environmental, social and health problems, defied a government order to leave by Wednesday, saying they will stay until the project is halted. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
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