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Pakokku

(pəkō`ko͞o), city (1983 est. pop. 72,000), central Myanmar, a port on the Ayeyarwady River. It is a trading and shipping center; agricultural products include peanuts, sesame, and rice. The city is also an important Buddhist center, with more than 80 monasteries.

Pakokku grew in importance after the British occupation in the 19th cent. Nearby are the Yenangyaung oil fields, which have been in operation since the 1870s; the facilities were destroyed in World War II but have since been rebuilt. Pakokku was occupied by Communist rebels in 1949 and was held until 1955, when it was liberated by government forces.

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Although there are two licensed oil fields in Myaing Township and Pauk Township, Pakokku District, Magwe Region no oil refining process has been permitted until now.
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La situacion no se agravo drasticamente hasta que se utilizo la violencia para acallar una protesta de monjes budistas en Pakokku (centro religioso muy celebre en Birmania).
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The monks started their march at Shwegu Pagoda in Pakokku, about 600 kilometers north of Yangon, and marched peacefully through the streets of the town for nearly an hour.
The monks in the town of Pakokku did not shout slogans or make political statements, but the town was the scene of some of the prodemocracy protests led by monks last month that were stamped out after troops opened fire on demonstrators during the September 26-27 crackdown.
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