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Authority impose the emergency act 144 again in Maungdaw

Burmese government troops patrol in conflict-ridden Sittwe, the capital of Arakan State, in this June 2012 file photo. (Photo: The Irrawaddy)
By KPN
Maungdaw, Arakan State: The high officials of Maungdaw district announced again imposing of emergency act 144 in the areas today, according to an official from Maungdaw.

“The authority – district administration officer and township administration officer – announced in Maungdaw about imposing of emergency act 144, after dissolving Burma border security force (Nasaka), as most of Rohingya from rural areas traveled to Maungdaw town for their household shopping and their personnel matters which was not able before for blockage  and harassment of Nasaka.”

The Rohingya people traveled to Maungdaw mean, to gather and see relatives in Maungdaw which was not able since July 2012 for blocking of security force especially Nasaka. The gathering of Rohingya in Maungdaw become eyesore for high officials who try to show the emergency act 144 which mean not more than 5 persons gather one place, said a politician from Maungdaw.

“The authority announced the emergency act 144 which was only for Rohingya community, not for other Buddhist community – Rakhine. The authority also declared that no one will enter and pray inside Mosques – Mosques and Madarasa remained closed- for Rohingya Muslim. This month is the holy month -fasting month- , but the authority didn’t allow the Rohingya community to pray in the religious places.”

Thein Sein government allowed Muslim from Mektila  to pray inside the Mosques which were closed after conflict and  other areas, all the Mosques are  opened for Muslim , but in Maungdaw where most of the people are Muslim, are not allowed to enter the Mosques for pray. The Law for freedom of religious is difference between northern Arakan and other areas in Burma, the politician said.

1 Comment on Authority impose the emergency act 144 again in Maungdaw

  1. June 12, 2013 the government extended the emergency curfew for 6 Rakhine Townships including Maungdaw for 2 months.
    What is going on with this new curfew?

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