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Authorities’ ‘Sluggish Response’ Failed to Stop Sittwe Riots

9 April 2014

A Burmese government investigation into the March 26-27 Sittwe riots found that due to “a sluggish response by authorities” in Arakan State, security forces failed to prevent attacks by Arakanese Buddhist mobs on United Nations and international aid group offices and properties. A state media announcement said the inquiry found that 14 offices, 15 warehouses, 16 private residences, 14 vehicles, 2 boats, 29 motorcycles and office equipment worth US$ 430,000 were damaged during the riots. The government said it would “expose the ringleaders and others involved in the riots” and that “serious action will be taken.”