Chinese embassy in Myanmar makes representations over garment factory assault

Updated 2017-02-24 13:38:30 Xinhua

The Chinese embassy in Myanmar has lodged solemn representations to the Myanmar authorities following an assault by striking workers on a Chinese-invested garment factory in Yangon.

The representations were made to Myanmar's Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Home Affairs and the Yangon regional government on Thursday night, demanding a prompt and effective action to punish the perpetrators, and ensure the safety of Chinese nationals and the properties of the Chinese enterprise, according to a statement released by the embassy.

Myanmar authorities said they will protect the safety and interests of Chinese entrepreneurs in accordance with law, promising to settle related issues as soon as possible.

On the same day, a working team of the embassy went to the factory and visited the staff there, urging Myanmar authorities to restore law and order in the factory.

Hundreds of striking workers and non-factory personnel attacked the Chinese-invested factory Thursday morning, destroying properties of the plant, taking away Chinese staff' belongings and restricting their personal freedom.

All Chinese staff were allowed to leave the factory after negotiations, but the compound is still being occupied by the striking workers.

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