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Police Confiscate Rohingya Laptops, Smartphones: Report

Policemen move towards burning houses during fighting between
Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya communities in Sittwe on Sunday. (PHOTO:
July 29, 2013
Government security forces have been entering the camps of
displaced Rohingya Muslims in Sittwe Township, Arakan State, in order to
confiscate laptops and smartphones, The Myanmar Times reports. A Rohingya
activist in hiding in Sittwe claimed that more than 80 Muslims had been
arrested in the past month for having a computer or smart phone. “I also use a
laptop secretly, everybody uses a laptop secretly … in every IDP camp it’s the
same thing,” he was quoted as saying. Arakan State spokesperson Win Myaing
denied the allegations.