Friday, September 12, 2014

Rakhine authorities lift curfew on Sittway, Kyaukphyu

A fishing village in Kyaukphyu, one two townships in Rakhine State where an overnight curfew was lifted on September 11. Photo: Kyal Pyar/Mizzima
An overnight curfew imposed more than two years ago on Sittway and Kyaukphyu townships in Rakhine State was lifted on September 11, a state government spokesperson said.
A 10pm to 4am curfew had most recently applied in Sittway, the state capital. An 11pm to 4am curfew had applied in Kyaukphyu.
The decision was announced by State government information committee secretary U Win Myaing, who said overnight curfews would remain in force in Buthedaung and Maungdaw townships because of security concerns.
"In some townships with different populations, the curfew cannot be lifted yet," U Win Myaing said, adding that the deployment of security forces in Buthedaung and Maungdaw had been extended.
Curfews were imposed in townships throughout Rakhine State in June 2012 in the aftermath of communal violence which left scores dead and forced tens of thousands of people to seek refuge in camps for the internally displaced.
Rakhine State MP U Aung Win (Rakhine National Party, Myaephone Township) welcomed the decision to lift the curfew in Sittway and Kyaukphyu.
"With the state returning to stability it is better to lift the curfew because it is an obstacle to business," he said.
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