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Emergency Act 144 extended again in Maungdaw

Maungdaw, Arakan
: The emergency Act 144 was extended again for two months starting from
April 10, 2013 by Maungdaw high officials – U Kyi San, Township admin officer
and U Aung Myint Soe, District admin officer- referring for stable and peace in
town, according to an official from Maungdaw.

“The emergency Act
was again issued for unwanted event in the Maungdaw during the Buddhist water
festival which is coming on April 13 – 18 (officially April 13-16).”

But, Rohingya
community in Maungdaw said the emergency Act is to harass and to restrict their
movement within their areas. Showing the Act, security forces are trying to
extort money from Rohingya community.

The emergency Act
was first imposed in Maungdaw on June 10, 2012 after Rakhines and Rohingyas
fight each other to control the conflict, but the Act is only for Rohingya
community not for Rakhine, said a politician.

U Hla Myint, a
police sergeant, is disturbing Rohingyas to extort money from Block number 5
where Rohingyas established a makeshift market in the village, according to a
vender from the market.

“U Hla Myint came
to our market every day and drives the Rohingya venders from market. He asked
money if want to stay inside the market.”

All over the Burma,
the water festival is only celebrated from April 13-16, but in Maungdaw
district, the water festival is celebrated from April 13 – 18 which made other
religious community (Rohingya) uneasy as some labors are facing starvation  with in their town, said a teacher from

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