Curfew imposed in Minbya and Mrauk-U

Minbya, Arakan State:  The Burma’s local authorities have imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in Minbya and Mrauk-U townships in Arakan (Rakhine) state following the day of renewed communal violence including arson attack by Rakhine community, a business man from the town said
The renewed communal violence was started on October 21, at around 10:30 pm, and spread to Mrauk-U, continued till October 23.

The curfew has been affecting since Monday night (October 22), from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am on Tuesday. The Communal clashed is (one-sided) and have resulted many Rohingya people were killed and hundreds of houses were burned down, said a local.

Earlier, on June 10, Central government has been declared a state of emergency along with imposition of curfew in nine townships after following the riots between Rakhine and Rohingya communities.  But, after two months, curfew was lifted from Minbya and Mrauk-U.

Minbya is about 25 km (15miles) north of Sittwe, the capital of Arakan State.

According to Arakan State Attorney Gen. Hla Thein, one Rakhine and two Rohingya women were killed and more than 340 houses were destroyed in arson attacks and also stated that the violence in Minbya started when a Rohingya man fired his catapult at a Buddhist man. He also stated the government controlled the situation and it is now clean.

But, according to locals, nearly 1,000 houses of Rohingyas were burnt down into ashes and estimated (800) Rohingya people were killed and many wounded. So far, State media, announced wrong information to the world regarding the attacks by Rakhine mobs to the Rohingya villages with the help of security forces and police, a schoolteacher from Minbya said.

“The authority said the situation is under control, but, still it is going on  where most of Rohingyas flee from their villages to somewhere to save their lives.”

On October 23, in the morning, about 50 houses were burnt down, at a village in Mrauk-U Town, said a police on condition of anonymity.

The same day, U Tha Lu Chay and U Mra Aung, the ministers of Arakan State went to the Jula Para ( village) of Mrauk U by taking 35-Hluntin as security from Hluntin Battalion No.12 of Akyab to see the situation. The ministers ordered Hluntin to fire the said Rohingya village and killed nearly 200 villagers, said local elder from Mrauk U.

On October 23, in Kyaukpru, Rakhine mobs attack to the Rohingya villages and burnt down many houses and a big mosque was also destroyed. There is no protection from security force. Villagers are fleeing to in different sides, according to a villager from Kyaukpru.

“More than 1500 Rohingyas are floating in the sea not knowing where to go and other many thousands are pushed to the sea beach. Now, Rakhines with the help of the government are planning to kill all these people. And total five mosques were burnt down.”

In Maybone Township, there is no village to be burnt.

“It is difficult to control the situation,” said U Hla Thein, the Rakhine sate Chief and justice.

“It is very easy to control the violence within half an hour, if the authorities are sincere. The authorities, they themselves let the Rakhine to do free attack against the Rohingya community across the Arakan State,” said a Rohingya leader on condition of anonymity.

“It is a very shameful answer for the people as Rakhine mobs are freely attacking with lethal weapons to the Rohingya villagers with the help of security forces while the Rohingyas are being kept in their villages since June this year. They (Rohingyas) have no guns, even knives and have been starving since long,” said a local elder from Minbya.

Burmese quasi -civilian government has rejected accusations of abuses by security forces in Rakhine (Arakan) state, after UN raised fears of a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.

The Rohingyas have long been considered by the UN to be one of the most persecuted minorities on the planet.

“We are facing tight restrictions on our movements, keeping us in our homes, the Rakhine mobs attack us along with security forces—police, Hluntin and Nasaka—, said a youth from Mrauk –U.

The President Thein Sein on Sunday (on October 21), conceded Myanmar has no choice, but to accept foreign aid for Rohingya or face an international backlash.

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