Protesting Buddhist monks walk in Letpadaung mine, Monywa town, northwestern Myanmar, Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012. Hundreds of Buddhist monks and villagers occupying a Letpadaung mine defied a government order to leave by Wednesday, saying they will stay until the project is halted. The protest is the latest example of increased activism by citizens since an elected government took over last year following almost five decades of repressive military rule. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

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Protesting Buddhist monks walk in Letpadaung mine, Monywa town, northwestern Myanmar, Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012. Hundreds of Buddhist monks and villagers occupying a Letpadaung mine defied a government order to leave by Wednesday, saying they will stay until the project is halted. The protest is the latest example of increased activism by citizens since an elected government took over last year following almost five decades of repressive military rule. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
Protesting Buddhist monks walk in Letpadaung mine, Monywa town, northwestern Myanmar, Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012. Hundreds of Buddhist monks and villagers occupying a Letpadaung mine defied a government order to leave by Wednesday, saying they will stay until the project is halted. The protest is the latest example of increased activism by citizens since an elected government took over last year following almost five decades of repressive military rule. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
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