Saturday, June 16, 2012

Round-up of riots in Rakhine State on 13 June 2012


Authorities announcing the curfew order as a reminder
Photo shows the Rakhine nationals at the rescue camp of U Ye Kyaw Thu Monastery in Sittwe on 13 June.
Photo shows the Rakhine nationals at the rescue camp of U Ye Kyaw Thu Monastery in Sittwe on 13 June.
2:25 PM    13 June
It is estimated that the number of refugees arriving in the rescue camps in Sittwe has reached more than 10,000. Data are also being collected to have the lists of the number of refugees from other rescue camps.
UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Myanmar Vijay Nambiar, who is in Myanmar together with Peace Donor Support Group, arrived in Sittwe of Rakhine State this morning and would proceed to Maungdaw.
He arrived in Sittwe together with Union Minister Thein Htay. The group also comprises 15 religious leaders of All Myanmar Islam Organization, posted in the facebook of a top official from the President Office.
1:50 Pm    13 June
“The situation in Sittwe this afternoon is stable. Rakhin nationals this morning arrested three Bengalis in Magyimyaing attempting to commit arson. Similary, two others were captured as they were trying to set fire to Kathe Village,” said a report in Sittwe.

1:30 PM    13 June
Myanmar Football Fedeation, Myanmar National League clubs, some local media and artistes donated cash and kind to the refugees in Rakhin State at the Town Hall of Sittwe at 9:30 am today. The well-wishers went to Argyeiktaung and Tat-U Pariyatti monastery rescue camps and donated cash and other relief aids.
A total of K 500 million, including K 2 m by Eleven Media Group were donated. U Zaw Zaw of MFF donated 150 million kyats more for the rescue camps.
12:00 PM    13 June
The Bangladeshi government dismissed calls from the UNHCR to accept Rohingyas fleeing to Bangladesh.
“It is certainly not in the best of our interests to allow in a further influx of refugees. We want to make sure that refugees don’t enter Bangladesh in large numbers again”, Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni told reporters in Dhaka yesterday.
The government immediately sent back more than 1000 Rohingyas entering the country on 12 June to Myanmar in three boats. According to Bangladeshi media, like Myanmar, Bangladesh sees the acceptance of 200,000 to 300,000 Rohingyas within decades as a burden and regards Rohingyas as those who have no country. 

11:40 AM    13 June
As the public reminder of curfew imposed in Sittwe was issued this morning, there have been fewer people in the streets carrying their weapons such as rods and swords.

11:35 AM    13 June
UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Myanmar Vijay Nambiar arrived in Sittwe of Rakhine State today, stated in AFP news report.

11:30 AM    13 June
UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Myanmar Vijay Nambiar arrived in Sittwe of Rakhine State today.
10:50 AM    13 June
Addressing the issue of Rakhine State must take time by forming committees. There are those are instigating and aiding and abetting from behind the curtain to worsen the situation. Investigation is being carried out and pre-emptive action will be taken to expose them, said senior officer of Myanmar Police Force Headquarters in a question asked by Eleven Media Group at about 10.15 am today.
10:35 AM   13 June
The riots occurring in Rakhin State from 8 to 11 June have left 1662 houses burnt down, 21 people dead, 21 injured and 18 motorbikes, 6 shops, 3 trawler-Gs and 9 bicycles destroyed, posted on the website of the Ministry of Information.
9:20 AM 13 June
The European Union announced that they welcomed the handling measures of Myanmar government on the situations in Rakhine State, which have been broking out starting nearly one week ago.

"We believe that the security forces are handling this difficult intercommunal violence in an appropriate way," said Maja Kocijanic, spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. "We welcome the priority which the Myanmar Government is giving to dealing with all ethnic conflicts."
8:20 AM 13 June
Clashes broke out between the Rakhine and the Bengalis around 5 PM yesterday and there have been casualties on both sides.  The clashes broke out when the Rakhine defends the Bengalis who were trying to set fire. According to reports, at least 4 people have died during this incident.
7:00 am 13 June

Bengalis who were surrounding Aung Daing Village located at 5 miles west of Sittway has withdrawn due to arriving of security forces last night.

Two Bengalis were captured who were trying to set the fire on Ka The Village about 4 am this morning by Rakhine People.

Mi Zan ward located on Strand Street of Sittway was burning due to the wire shock this morning.

“The rescue camps that were opened yesterday received more Bengali women and children. However, The Bengali men are staying at their places” said a resident.

“A group of UN correspondents arrived Sittway this morning. It is raining now. We guess there will be less incidents today;” said residents.
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