Cur­few ex­tended in Sittway, Kyauk­phyu town­ships, say res­i­dents

Mizzima Business Weekly - - NEWS ROUNDUPS -

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)

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