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EU provided crowd control training to Myanmar police units

Exclusive: units involved in violent crackdown worked with European police on controlling protests

The European Union provided crowd-control training to specialist Myanmar police units alleged to have been involved in a violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, but claims it shared defensive techniques only due to concerns about possible human-rights abuses.

European police have been working with their counterparts in Myanmar to develop a manual of crowd-control techniques as part of a wider EU support scheme called Mypol. The project, initiated in 2012, provided training and equipment to help modernise Myanmar’s military-controlled police force along the lines of “international best practice and respect for human rights”.

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