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Govt Extends Curfew in 6 Arakan State Townships

13 June 2013

Authorities in western Burma’s Arakan State have extended a nighttime curfew with two months in order to avoid further outbreaks of inter-communal violence. “The extension is not because the situation is deteriorating, but because we think that a curfew is still needed even though things are becoming stable,” said state government spokesperson Win Myaing. He said that a 10 pm to 4 am curfew would remain in place in Sittwe, Buthidaung, Maungdaw, Kyaukphyu, Kyauktaw and Ramree townships. Deadly violence broke out between Rohingya Muslims and Arakanese Buddhists one year ago, and thousands of security forces have been deployed in the region, where tensions remain high.