Curfew extended in Sittway, Kyaukphyu townships, say residents
A curfew imposed on Sittway and Kyaukphyu townships in Rakhine State in October 2012 has been extended for another two months, residents told Mizzima on August 11.
Sittway residents said they were told by the township administrator of the decision to extend the 6pm to 6am curfew, which was imposed after a second outbreak of communal violence in Rakhine in 2012.
The decision came despite Rakhine Chief Minister U Maung Maung Ohn telling a meeting of residents of the townships on July 3 that he intended to lift the curfew.
A curfew imposed on Kyauktaw Township was lifted on August 8.
“The situation in Kyaukphyu township has long been calm and the decision to extend the curfew is unnecessary,” U Tun Tun Naing, a member of Kyaukphyu Township Development Committee told Mizzima on August 11.
Meanwhile, the authorities in Mandalay have lifted a curfew imposed on July 3 in response to communal violence but a heavy security presence remains on the streets.
The decision to lift the curfew was made by the Mandalay Region government on August 11, said U Win Zaw Naing, a district administrator with the Mandalay General Administration Department of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
“The situation in Mandalay is peaceful and the city is calm, so the order was lifted but the number of security forces will remain unchanged,” said U Win Zaw Naing. (Kay Zue, Myo Thant)