More protests against Myanmar gas exports

Vol 10, PW 15 (16 Nov 06) News in Brief

Protests continue against the Myanmar military juntas proposal to export gas from the offshore Arakans.

On 15th November, demonstrations were scheduled outside the embassies of India and South Korea in 16 countries as well as the offices of Daewoo, GAIL and ONGC - companies involved in the Shwe gas project. Kim Il Wok, coordinator of the anti-Shwe gas project said awareness is on the rise about how exports of gas will strengthen the juntas hold on power.

In India, on 2nd November, the Northeast Students Organisation asked its 14 affiliate bodies to oppose Delhis proposal to lay a pipeline through Mizoram, Tripura and Assam to import Myanmar gas. The pipeline will destroy ecology and livelihoods, NESO chief advisor Artex Shimray tells this report.

Most concerns centre on large tracts of forest that will have to be cleared for the pipeline. These guys cant win elections, comments a security official.

But they can cause trouble.