Australian involvement and the Shan’s resistance.
SMEC, an Australian-based services company that morphed out of the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation, was recently handed a petition containing 23,717 signatures opposing a giant dam on the upper Salween River at Mong Ton that would effectively divide Myanmar’s warshocked Shan state in half. It was not the first time it had been told the idea stinks. Undeterred, SMEC went back to the protesting villages and continued its work. Later the Burma Army took five protesters, later releasing them. Some were beaten and slapped.
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