Maung Win, 63, a farmer from the Kyaunggon Township in the Ayeyarwady, said he had his land taken by the government in 1992. He and his family had been working on the land for decades before it was seized. He said that like the other villagers in the area, the government required him to “volunteer” to dig fish ponds on the farmland. He received no prior notice that his land would be confiscated. “It is like our hands are broken because we depend on these lands,” he said.