Myanmar police fire water cannon at mine protest: activist

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Riot police fired water cannon to disperse people protesting against a controversial Chinese-backed copper mine in northern Myanmar, an activist told AFP Thursday.

"While we were sleeping riot police came to the site and fired water," said Yaywata, a monk who was among hundreds demonstrating against the mine, which has been the focus of months of protests over complaints of alleged land grabbing.