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Burma to Revise Anti-Riot Manual, Boost Security: Deputy Minister

4 July 2013

Burma is boosting security in a bid to prevent further violence between the country’s Buddhists and Muslims, state media reported Thursday. The deputy minister for home affairs told Parliament that additional anti-riot squads would be formed and trained in accordance with a revised anti-riot manual, the New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported, adding that Australia and the European Union would assist the training. One more battalion will be based in the central Burma town of Meikhtila, where anti-Muslim riots in March left dozens dead, while three security companies will be recruited as auxiliary forces elsewhere in the country.