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A Myanmar township court has rejected villagers’ attempts to file a lawsuit again President Thein Sein, which alleges that he carried responsibility for brutal attacks in Sagaing Division last November 2012. The court rejected the complaint on the grounds that it was “unreasonable to open the case,” reports The Irawaddy. The police raid on November 29 was part of a crackdown on ongoing protests against a copper mine in Northwestern Myanmar. The attack injured about a hundred people, including Buddhist monks.

The villagers filed the complaint saying that they felt authorities were not being held accountable for the incident. The protests were sparked after operators of the copper mine project reportedly seized and contaminated the locals’ land.

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The villagers plan to appeal the court’s rejection, and pursue “every legal avenue to hold a government leader responsible.”

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